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Philippine rescuers struggle

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 - 01:47

Nov. 11 - Survivors of a super typhoon that swept through the central Philippines scavenged for food, as rescuers struggled to get aid through to the worst hit area. Sarah Toms reports

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The central Philippines more closely resembles a war zone after a super tyhoon swept through the country on Friday. International aid agencies and countries rush to supply aid. Here the Philippine army unloads trucks filled with relief supplies but resources are stretched thin. And operations are further hampered because roads, airports and bridges have been destroyed or covered in wreckage. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TACLOBAN CITY MAYOR ALFRED ROMUALDEZ SAYING: "Our problem is getting more relief goods in because the roads are not yet accessible. I myself have already helped. Even the day after the storm, we were retrieving bodies, and at the same time clearing roads, and the problem is 90 percent to 95 percent of people in city hall are also casualties." An estimated 10,000 people have been killed and more than 60,000 people displaced. Many survivors have lost loved ones and everything they own. They have no food, clean water, medicine or shelter. Desperation threatens to add to the crisis, overwhelming military and rescue resources. Awelina Hadloc was the owner of a convenience store but her store was washed away and now she forages for instant noodles at a warehouse almost bare from looting. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) GROCERY STORE OWNER AWELINA HADLOC SAYING: "It is so difficult.We are helpless. It is like we are starting again. There are no more supplies in the warehouse and the malls." While many found the devastation a tragedy, others saw it as a lesson. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) VILLAGER EMELITA HOLBES SAYING: "I don't need a lot of clothes; just one shirt, that's all I'm asking for. I still thank God for what happened, and I think this will change the people for the better." As troops form human chains to pass supplies, it's a race against time. But for many here in typhoon ravaged Tacloban it will come too little, too late.

Philippine rescuers struggle

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 - 01:47

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