Aid to Typhoon-hit Philippines arrives as looting turns deadly
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 01:42
Nov. 13 - Five days after a monster Typhoon ravaged the Philippines, aid is finally trickling in but desperate survivors struggle to find food and shelter. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Five days after a monster Typhoon ravaged the Philippines, the aid is trickling in.
Japan, Korea, Germany, the U.S. and others are sending their troops, volunteers and crucial supplies to the worst hit areas.
But relief workers complain to U.N. Aid Chief Valerie Amos supplies are still not getting through.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. AID CHIEF VALERIE AMOS SAYING:
"I've heard all those complaints from people. I absolutely agree with them. You can't have people who are here, who are desperate, who can't have anything to eat and don't have water. It's completely basic."
The aid, when it came, was slow.
And getting supplies to survivors has been chaotic.
The Typhoon exposed a Philippines that was ill-prepared for this devastation.
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas asks for patience as the aid arrives.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE PHILIPPINES HARRY THOMAS, SAYING:
"All of these things take time. The first part is the assessment to know what the damage is, what's needed and where. I think the government has finished that and now you're starting to see a larger flow of things."
Grateful for the aid, but for Tacloban's City Health Officer there's now another challenge ahead.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TACLOBAN CITY HEALTH OFFICER JAIME OPINION, SAYING:
"Security is a big problem. We presume there is no law and order here."
Half a world away in St. Peters' Square, the Pope sends the survivors his prayers.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING:
''In these days, we are praying and joining our forces to help our brothers and sisters from the Philippines, struck by the typhoon."
The prayers - and the aid -- can't come soon enough.
Eight people were crushed to death on Wednesday when looters raided a warehouse.
And survivors are now panicking over shortages of food and water.
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