WAMC News
3:53 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Aid Is Getting Through, Communications Being Restored

Food has arrived and is being readied to hand out to storm victims at a distribution center near Tacloban City.
Credit Photo from the facebook page of Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Congressman, First District of Leyte at House of Representatives of the Philippines.

ABS-CBN has compiled a list of survivors in areas affected by super typhoon "Yolanda."

The list is based on the updates from DZMM, Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo (BMPM) and Google People Finder.To access the complete list, go to the ABS-CBN Tulong Page, click on the Find Tab and then click on List button.* * * 

It has been a week since Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines. Relief is on the way and people around the globe are mobilizing to help.

Latest figures from the U.N. say super Typhoon Haiyan has killed 4,460 people in the Philippines; 920,000 have been displaced by the storm. Those in the most severely affected areas have been pleading for food, water and medicine.

The numbers are far lower than those initially released. In the early days of any major disaster there is a thin line between information and speculation.  Philippines' ABS-CBN TV reported that the police official who claimed that as many as 10,000 people lost their lives in the storm has been relieved of his post.

International media has been sending teams into the devastated areas, but sometimes their reports have been misleading. One cable news channel stationed a reporter in Cebu City, claiming there was widespread devastation there. City resident Jaycee Ramirez, speaking to WAMC via Skype, says damage is several kilometers north of the city.

Cebu has erected a tent city and is welcoming  evacuees from storm-ravaged areas.

Professor Jay Gonzalez of Manila is a professor of politics and Philippine Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. He says Filipinos are resourceful, innovative and resilient and will bring Tacloban City back --- in time. Gonzalez says rebuilding has already begun despite the dire conditions.

For people in the states worried about friends or family in the Philippines, Professor Gonzalez says information you crave is on your smartphones and computers. Skype calls and text messages have been getting through, landline calls not so much.

Gary Striar is Northeastern New York Regional CEO with the American Red Cross  says the agency is also helping make connections.

Cellular providers in the Philippines are giving victims free bundles of phone minutes... stateside, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are waiving and crediting fees for phone calls and text messages made by U.S. customers to the Island Nation.

Bags of rice will soon be given to needy storm victims in Tacloban City.
Credit Photo from the facebook page of Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Congressman, First District of Leyte at House of Representatives of the Philippines.

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