”People of the world, come to my city. We need help very badly”
Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are increasingly desperate for food, water and medical supplies, officials in affected areas say. The official death toll stands at more than 2,000, though some reports say it could be as high as 10,000. The UN says more than 11 million people may have been affected and some 673,000 displaced. On Tuesday, eight people died when a wall collapsed as thousands of survivors mobbed a food warehouse. Police and soldiers were unable to stop the looters, who took more than 100,000 sacks of rice from the government facility in Alangalang, Leyte, said Rex Estoperez, spokesman for the National Food Authority. There were also reports on Wednesday of gunshots in the devastated streets of Tacloban, a city of 220,000 on Leyte island which is particularly badly affected.
Typhoon Haiyan – one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on land – hit the coastal Philippine provinces of Leyte and Samar on Friday. It swept through six central Philippine islands before going on to kill several people in Vietnam and southern China. Disaster management officials in the Philippines have put the confirmed death toll there at 2,275, with another 3,665 injured as of Wednesday. More than 80 people are listed as missing.
But speaking to CNN on Tuesday, Philippine President Benigno Aquino said the widely reported estimate that 10,000 people had been killed by the storm – known locally as Yolanda – was inaccurate and may have come from officials facing “emotional trauma”. But he said 29 municipalities had yet to be contacted to establish the number of victims there. The president also warned that storms like Haiyan were becoming more frequent, and there should be “no debate” that climate change was happening. He said either the world committed to action on climate change “or let us be prepared to meet disasters”.
The damage to Tacloban was “so massive in scale and so extensive in our areas that we literally would have to rebuild from scratch”, he said, calling for greater co-ordination as aid to combat the rising “sense of hopelessness and desperation”. The head of the Philippines Red Cross, Gwendolyn Pang, also said she expected the official death toll to rise. ”Numbers are just coming in. Many of the areas we cannot access,”
2 SCHEDULED EVENTS SO FAR WHICH YOU ALL SHOULD HIT UP! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AND CONTRIBUTE WHAT YOU CAN.
Monday November 25th, Playa Cabana Hacienda hosts TACOS FOR TACLOBAN, where 100% of their sales that night to relief efforts for communites affected by #Haiyan. We know that the taco isn’t going out of style any time soon, so for all you taco elitests out there, and those how just like mexican food…. get down there and put your appetite towards a good cause. Thank you to Dave and the Staff of PCH for support and for spreading the word. For more information check http://www.playacabana.ca/14-dupont/
Fundraising event #ProjectLiftPH, to contribute to relief efforts in the aftermath of typhoon #haiyan #yolandaPH, in partnership with Carlos Bulosan Theatre is SET for December 4 at The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. West)
- Maylee Todd and Casey Nicole Mecija are confirmed to perform! More details to come.
In the meantime, if you would like to donate on-line NOW, our page is live and ready to take donations:https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/16227