For some, the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan is something distant and far from reality. An estimated 10,000 death toll is a number too large to comprehend and the 620,000 displaced residents are surely receiving aid, right?
Unfortunately, this is not exactly the case. Residents are in dire need of assistance, but there is simply too many victims and too little aid available.
Although Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest recorded typhoons in history, it is still receiving far less aid than Sandy and Katrina.
Huffington Post reported that the insufficient aid has caused chaos among the residents who are doing what they can to survive. Allegedly, eight people died, not because of the storm, but because people were desperate for food. Local authorities claim looters raided rice stockpiles in a government warehouse, causing a wall to collapse onto victims.
Many have gone to local airports to seek food, water and aid, but are left waiting for days.
When asked how she and her four children endured three days of waiting in searing heat and torrential downpours, Marivic Badilla, 41, held up a small battered umbrella. “We have been sheltering under this,” she said, tears streaming down her face.
In desperation, some Tacloban citzens have dug up water pipes to get water. Though there is no assurance that the water is safe for consumption, the citizens believe there is no other option if they intend to survive.
And if words are not enough to understand the full effects of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines, these visuals will probably do it:
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