There is no power, no fresh water, and in many cases no chance of help getting to the ravaged areas. Bridges are down or unstable and the military is overwhelmed with trying to get aid to the most desperate communities. The international community has begun to respond as foreign governments are sending help. The United States, in responding to a request from the Philippine government, has ordered the deployment of ships and aircraft to deliver what aid it can.
This VIDEO provides a little perspective about what these people are going through. Multiple charities have been set up for anyone who wishes to donate to the aid effort.