As Philippine 'Tent City' goes up, remote villagers remain without aid
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 01:39
Nov. 18 - A tent city is set up in typhoon-hit Tacloban but remote villages in the Philippines have yet to receive significant aid. Mana Rabiee reports.
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This is Tacloban's new "Tent City".
A sign that relief efforts in the typhoon-hit Philippines are in it for the long haul.
On Monday, the United Nations warned the number of people displaced is now estimated at 4 million.
The humanitarian disaster so great, one U.N. official said it was like trying to help "all of Belgium".
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) UNIDENTIFIED EVACUEE SAYING:
"I don't know what we'll do. Whatever they wish to do with us, we'll just have to comply. After all, we don't have any homes to go back to."
President Benigno Aquino said the sheer scale of the suffering tempts him to despair.
But the full despair is likely felt here, in isolated areas like eastern Samar where Super Typhoon Haiyan first made landfall 11 days ago.
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) EIDA ORACEY, HERNANI RESIDENT SAYING:
"It's too hard, we don't have shelter, clothes or food. It's just too much."
Despite a massive international relief effort, many in the Philippine's remote areas have yet to receive significant aid.
Including the Candido family - ten people sheltering under a plastic sheet ....
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) NESTOR CANDIDO, HERNANI RESIDENT SAYING:
"We don't have any choices over our future. All we do here is plant some vegetables and harvest coconuts and now this is a tragedy and it will take time to get another harvest."
The U.N. believes, in mountainous provinces, people are still going hungry.
In all, nearly 4,000 are believed dead, close to 2,000 more still missing.
And months, the government says, before permanent shelters can go up.
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