‘Silence’ Worries Aid Workers In Wake Of Typhoon Haiyan; 56K Homes Wrecked On One Island

TACLOBAN, Philippines – Aid workers and emergency officials warned that there had been no contact with many typhoon-hit parts of the Philippines more than three days after one of the most violent storms to ever make landfall slammed into the country.
Tacloban, a city of 200,000 people on…

TACLOBAN, Philippines – Aid workers and emergency officials warned that there had been no contact with many typhoon-hit parts of the Philippines more than three days after one of the most violent storms to ever make landfall slammed into the country.

Tacloban, a city of 200,000 people on the island of Leyte, lay in ruins with bodies littering the streets in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. A civil defense official told NBC News on Monday that more than 56,000 homes had been destroyed on the island of Panay, with 83,000 others damaged.

But there was no word from many communities.

“What worries us is there are so many areas that we have no information from and when we have this silence this usually means that the damage is even worse,” Joseph Curry, country representative for Catholic Relief Services, told TODAY.

The storm is estimated to have destroyed up to 80 percent of buildings in its path in the provinces of Samar and Leyte.
Aid workers on Leyte had reported “total and complete devastation,” with homes flattened, buildings ripped apart and trees toppled, Curry said.

Haiyan leveled Basey, a seaside town about six miles across a bay from Tacloban. About 2,000 people were missing in Basey, according to the governor of Samar province. Guiuan, a town in eastern Samar province with a population of 40,000, was also largely destroyed.

Officials say that 10,000 may have died after the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines. As survivors assess the damage, Joseph Curry, with Catholic relief services says that victims are in desperate need of help rebuilding their homes.

A World Vision official said early reports suggested that as much as 90 percent of northern Cebu had been destroyed. An aid team from Oxfam reported “utter destruction” in the northern-most tip of Cebu, the charity said.

Tacloban, the capital of Leyte, was in the grip of a health crisis. There was not enough clean water and cases of dysentery were reported. The city was without electricity and facing severe water and food shortages. Dysentery is an intestinal disease that can be deadly after natural disasters when clean water and proper sanitation are scarce.

Survivors stumbled among the shells of shattered buildings and splintered trees, passing by numerous bodies covered in red tarps.

The region’s infrastructure was destroyed by giant waves and winds of up to 235 mph when the storm slammed into central Philippines on Friday, which made bringing aid to hardest-hit communities almost impossible. The military was deployed after reports of looting.

Residents of Tacloban were relying almost entirely on three military transport planes flying from nearby Cebu city for supplies and evacuation.

Even water from Tacloban’s normally reliable pumps had been compromised, and few people appeared to be boiling water as suggested by officials. Many people said they were thirsty and there was little access to aid.

Mobs attacked trucks loaded with food, tents and water on Tanauan bridge in Leyte, Philippines Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon said.

There were reports of one mass grave with up to 500 bodies in Tacloban, according to Reuters.

“It is so difficult. It is like we are starting again,” Awelina Hadloc, the owner of a convenience store in Tacloban, told Reuters as she foraged for instant noodles at a warehouse that was almost bare. “There are no more supplies in the warehouse and the malls.”

One official said that some 10,000 people were killed when Typhoon Haiyan hit Friday, although the government and independent aid agencies had not verified that number. On Monday, a spokesman for the country’s military said it had confirmed 942 people were killed and 275 were confirmed missing as a result of the storm.

Most of the damage and deaths were caused by huge waves that inundated towns and swept away coastal villages in scenes that officials likened to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Residents of Tacloban told terrifying accounts of being swept away by a wall of water. Jean Mae Amande, 22, said she was washed several miles from her home by the surge of water. The current ripped her out to sea before pushing her back to shore where she was able to cling to a tree and grab a rope thrown from a boat.

“It’s a miracle that the ship was there,” Amande said.

Nearly 620,000 people were displaced and 9.5 million “affected” across the Philippines, the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.

“The situation is bad, the devastation has been significant. In some cases the devastation has been total,” Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras told reporters.

Dozens of residents clamored for help at the airport gates in Tacloban.

“Help us, help us. Where is President [Benigno] Aquino? We need water, we are very thirsty,” one woman shouted. “When are you going to get bodies from the streets?”

Maria Elnos, a nurse at Tacloban’s one main hospital, was among hundreds pleading unsuccessfully to get on a military C-130 plane late Sunday.

“I lost my house, I lost everything,” she told Reuters. ” I want to get out. My food supply will run out in two days.”

Weather forecasters said they believed this was the strongest storm ever to hit land.

“After researching this, we believe that when it hit the Philippines this may have been the strongest ever recorded to storm to make landfall,” said Kevin North, a lead meteorologist at the Weather Channel. “There have been more powerful storms over the sea, but this could be the strongest ever to hit land.”

More bad weather was on the way with a depression due to bring rain to the central and southern Philippines on Tuesday, the weather bureau said.

On Sunday, American officials dispatched a team of some 90 Marines and sailors — the first wave of U.S. military help — flew to the Philippines to assist with search and rescue operations and provide air support.

USAID is also sending emergency shelter and hygiene materials expected to arrive early this week. It is sending 55 tons of emergency food to feed 20,000 children and 15,000 adults for up to five days. The U.S. Embassy is sending $100,000 for water and sanitation support.


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