Rescue workers struggle to reach typhoon victims

November 11, 2013 12:48 pm

Rescue workers struggle to reach typhoon victims

Manila 11th November 2013: Survivors of deadly typhoon that hit Philippines, killing at least 10,000 people, were growing increasingly desperate for aid, as rescue operators struggled to reach some towns and villages isolated since the storm.

The authorities are struggling to bring relief to the survivors of the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the country’s worst recorded natural disaster.

Three days after the typhoon destroyed the country, the full scale of the devastation was only now becoming clear. Up to 10,000 are said to have killed in Tacloban city. Hundreds of thousands are displaced in the typhoon, which smashed homes, schools and an airport. There is no clean water, no electricity and very little food in many areas.

The United Nations said it was sending aids to the region but reaching the worst affected areas was a challenge.

Reaching the worst affected areas is very difficult, with limited access due to the damage caused by the typhoon to infrastructure and communications,” said Unicef Philippines Representative Tomoo Hozumi.

While visiting Tacloban yesterday, President Benigno Aquino said: “We will send about 300 police and soldiers to take their place and bring back peace and order.”

Super typhoon Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines on Friday, packing winds of 235 kph that gusted to 275 kph and waves six metres high. Typhoon has made landfall in Vietnam early on Monday but as a much reduced Category One, with sustained winds of up to 140 kph.

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Ahmad Diyari Kaashif is a Senior Journalist and Head of the International Bureau at Qatar Chronicle.After studying Russian at the University of Central Florida.He researched political movements in the former Soviet Union for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, while studying for a master’s degree in international relations at George Washington University.

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