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PostSubject: 'Worse than hell' in typhoon-ravaged Philippines    Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:24 am

'Worse than hell' in typhoon-ravaged Philippines
 
By Andrew Stevens and Paula Hancocks, CNN
updated 12:43 AM EST, Mon November 11, 2013
 
Tacloban, Philippines (CNN) -- As the Philippines faced a long, grim path to recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the storm plowed into northeastern Vietnam early Monday, packing powerful winds and forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate.
Philippine authorities warned that the typhoon may have killed thousands there, leaving behind a trail of devastation on a scale they'd never seen before.
No electricity. No food. No water. Houses and buildings leveled. Bodies scattered on the streets. Hospitals overrun with patients. Medical supplies running out.
 
And a death toll that could soar.
The Philippine Red Cross estimates that at least 1,200 people were killed by the storm, but that number could grow as officials make their way to remote areas made nearly inaccessible by Haiyan.
 
Others put the toll much higher: The International Committee of the Red Cross said it's realistic to estimate that 10,000 people may have died nationally.
 
The grim task of counting the bodies was just beginning Monday as authorities sifted through the rubble of what was left behind in hard-hit cities like Tacloban on the island of Leyte. The official toll stood at 255 Monday, according to the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
 
"I have not spoken to anyone who has not lost someone, a relative close to them. We are looking for as many as we can," Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez told CNN.
Interactive map of the storm
 
'This is really, really like bad'
Desperately needed aid was making its way into the storm-ravaged city of Tacloban on Monday. C-130 planes arrived, carrying food, water and supplies. Other planes left -- some of them carrying body bags with storm victims.
A steady stream of typhoon survivors arrived at Tacloban airport, looking for food, water and escape.
 
Magina Fernandez was among them. She had lost her home and business. And she was desperate to leave on the next military plane.
She made an anguished plea for help
 
Get international help to come here now -- not tomorrow, now," she said. "This is really, really like bad, bad, worse than hell, worse than hell."
 
She directed some of her anger at Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, who on Sunday toured some of the areas hit hardest by the typhoon, including Tacloban.
Many of the people in the city, population 200,000, are angry at the authori
ties' slow response to the disaster.
 
Aquino said there was a breakdown, especially at the local government level.
"They are necessary first responders, and too many of them were also affected and did not report for work," he explained, saying that contributed to the slow delivery.
Aquino said the government will coordinate with the local units and put more people to work.
 
Supplies become scarce
In Tacloban, the search for food and water led to increasingly desperate efforts.
Video showed people breaking into grocery stores and cash machines in the city.
National police and the military sent reinforcements to the city Sunday to prevent such thefts. And authorities said they were sending several hundred additional security personnel into the city to keep law and order.
 
Another dire scene played out in the city's only functioning hospital. Doctors couldn't admit any more wounded victims -- there wasn't enough room. Some of the injured lay in the hospital's cramped hallways seeking treatment.
 
"We haven't anything left to help people with," one of the doctors said. "We have to get supplies in immediately."
 
Complicating the search efforts is the lack of electricity in many parts of the storm's path.
 
The northern part of Bogo, in the central Philippines, suffered a blackout Sunday, and authorities said it will take months to restore power.
 
Crews search for victims, survivors
Romualdez, Tacloban's mayor, told CNN that reports 10,000 people may have died in Leyte province were "entirely possible."
 
"People here were convinced that it looked like a tsunami," he said.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said it is fairly realistic to estimate that 10,000 people may have died nationally, because many areas are unreachable by organizations.
 
"In the western islands of Philippines, for instance, no one can evaluate the casualties," said ICRC spokesman David Pierre Marquet.
 
"It could effectively be a number close to 10,000," Marquet told CNN. "But the notion that 10,000 people are dead in Tacloban alone is not possible."
 
Aid groups struggle to reach those suffering
The UN's World Food Programme is setting up logistic pipelines to transport food and other relief items.
 
"The main challenges right now are related to logistics," said WFP representative Praveen Agrawal, who returned to Manila from the affected areas on Sunday. "Roads are blocked, airports are destroyed."
 
Interactive map of the storm
WFP spokeswoman Bettina Luescher said the U.N. group was gearing up its global resources to send enough food to feed 120,000 people.
"These high-energy biscuits will keep them alive," she said.
Luescher pleaded for financial support from the international community and directed those wishing to donate to wfp.org/typhoon.
 
"Those are families like you and me, and they just need our help right now," she said.
Philippines gets more than its share of disasters
 
Typhoon makes landfall in Vietnam
The massive losses in the Philippines have put much of Vietnam on edge. Authorities evacuated around 600,000 people from vulnerable areas as the typhoon neared, the Vietnamese government's official online newspaper VGP News reported.
Haiyan made landfall around 4 a.m. Monday (4 p.m. Sunday ET) with sustained winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of 150 kph (93 mph). At least six people were initially reported to have died as a result of the storm, according to VGP.
 
The storm had weakened by the time it hit Vietnam, and it was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall. But it's still expected to cause heavy rain and flooding in northern Vietnam and southern China.
 
Tropical cyclones with sustained surface winds of 74 mph or more are known as typhoons when they form west of the international date line. East of the line, they're known as hurricanes.
 
An enormous blow
Haiyan may be the strongest tropical cyclone in recorded history, but meteorologists said it will take further analysis to confirm whether it set a record.
The typhoon was 3.5 times more forceful than Hurricane Katrina, which hit the United States 2005.
 
It wasn't the storm's 250-kph (155-mph) gusts that caused most of the damage -- it was a mammoth storm surge that reached up to 5 meters (16 feet) high.
 
"This disaster on such a scale will probably have us working for the next year," said Sandra Bulling, international communications officer for the aid agency CARE. "Fishermen have lost their boats. Crops are devastated. This is really the basic income of many people."
Andrew Stevens and Paula Hancocks reported from Tacloban; Holly Yan and Chandrika Narayan reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout, Melissa Le Fevre, Aliza Kassim, Kevin Wang, Jessica King, Judy Kwon, Pedram Javaheri, Tom Watkins, David Simpson, Elwyn Lopez, Michael Martinez, Neda Farshbaf and Yousuf Basil also contributed to this report
http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/10/world/asia/philippines-typhoon-haiyan/index.html?hpt=wo_c1

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PostSubject: Re: 'Worse than hell' in typhoon-ravaged Philippines    Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:25 am

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan line up at the airport in Tacloban, Philippines, to board a U.S. military C-130 for Manila on Monday, November 11. One of the strongest storms in recorded history, Haiyan laid waste to the Philippines. Officials say that as many as 10,000 people may have died in the storm.
Emily Ortega rests after giving birth to Bea Joy at an improvised clinic at the Tacloban airport.
Buildings are destroyed along the shores of Guiuan. Many areas of the Philippines remain cut off from transportation, communications and power.
Homes lie in ruins in Guiuan on November 11.
U.S. Marine Corps Osprey helicopters arrive at Villamor Airbase in Manila to deliver humanitarian aid.
Philippine and U.S. military personnel load relief goods onto a plane in Manila.
People ride past destruction in the coastal city of Tacloban on Sunday, November 10.

A body lies amid the devastation in Tacloban on November 10.
People cover their noses to block the smell of bodies in Tacloban.
Bodies of victims lie along a road in Tacloban.
A man searches through debris next to a ship washed ashore in Tacloban.
A large boat sits aground surrounded by debris in Tacloban on November 10.
Residents transport relief goods in Tacloban.
Two boys inspect debris in Tacloban.
People walk past the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban.
People stand under a shelter in Tacloban.
Clothes dry on a line outside a stadium used as an evacuation center in Tacloban.
A girl peeks out from a makeshift shelter in Tacloban.
Typhoon survivors wait to receive relief goods at the Tacloban airport.
A woman mourns in front of her husband's dead body in a street of Tacloban.
Fallen trees litter the ground at the Tacloban airport in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on Saturday, November 9.
A resident passes victims' bodies on the street in Tacloban, a city in Leyte province.
People carry a victim of the typhoon in Tacloban.
A vehicle lies amid debris in Tacloban.
Vietnamese Red Cross staff members place sandbags on the roof of a house as they prepare for the arrival of Haiyan in the central provincial coastal city of Danang.
The dead lie in floodwaters after the typhoon devastated the city of Tacloban. On Saturday, Philippine troops began to retrieve bodies strewn in areas devastated by the typhoon.
Devastation is everywhere in Iloilo in the central Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoon.
People walk past a victim left on the side of a road in Tacloban.
A resident passes an overturned car in Tacloban.
Rescue workers carry a woman about to give birth at a makeshift Department of Health medical center at the Tacloban airport in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 9.
Residents return to their houses after leaving an evacuation site in Tacloban.
An airport lies in ruins in the city of Tacloban in the Philippines.
Astronaut Karen L. Nyberg took a picture of the typhoon from the International Space Station. Haiyan first landed near the cities of Dulag and Tacloban, flooding coastal communities with a surge of water and delivering 195-mph winds with gusts reaching as high as 235 mph.
Women walk past fallen trees and destroyed houses in Tacloban. Residents scoured supermarkets for water and food as they slowly emerged on streets littered with debris.
A soldier pulls a cable inside the devastated airport tower in Tacloban.
Houses are destroyed by the strong winds caused by the typhoon in Tacloban.
People stand on a pier on Friday, November 8, as the typhoon smashes into coastal communities on the central Philippine island of Bacolod.
Dark clouds brought by Typhoon Haiyan loom over the skyscrapers of Manila, Philippines, on November 8.
A woman carries a baby across a river November 8 at a coastal village in Las Pinas, Philippines.
A resident walks along a fishing village in Bacoor, Philippines, on November 8.
A house in Legazpi, Philippines, is engulfed by storm surge November 8.
A child wraps himself in a blanket November 8 inside a makeshift house along a Bacoor fishing village.
A woman and her children head for an evacuation center November 8 amid strong winds in Cebu City, Philippines.
Huge waves from Haiyan hit the shoreline in Legazpi on November 8.
A fisherman lifts a post to reinforce his home at a coastal village in Las Pinas on November 8.
A resident unloads nets off a fishing boat in Bacoor on November 8.
Residents clear a road November 8 after a tree was toppled by strong winds in the Philippine island province of Cebu.
A fisherman secures his wooden boat November 8 as Haiyan's strong winds hit Legazpi.
Residents reinforce their homes in Las Pinas on November 8.
Legazpi residents are relocated to an evacuation center on Thursday, November 7. About 125,000 people took refuge in evacuation centers, and hundreds of flights were canceled.
The storm approaches the Philippines in this satellite image taken November 7 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With sustained winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and gusts as strong as 380 kph (235 mph), Haiyan's wind strength makes it equivalent to an exceptionally strong Category 5 hurricane.
Workers bring down a billboard in Makati, Philippines, on November 7 before Haiyan makes landfall.
In anticipation of the storm, fishermen carry a boat out of the water in Ormoc, Philippines, on November 7.
Philippine Coast Guard personnel stand in formation beside newly acquired rubber boats after a blessing ceremony in Manila on Wednesday, November 6. The boats were to be deployed to the central Philippines in preparation for Haiyan.
 





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