Dire circumstances in Philippines escalate with need for relief - New York News

Dire circumstances in Philippines escalate with need for relief

Updated:

By: Emmilie Buchanan-Whitlock, Deseret News

With an unknown death toll rising and accounts of terror from typhoon survivors pouring in, the world is putting the picture of Typhoon Haiyan together and rising to the pleas for relief.

“We are seeing a lot of dead throughout the province,” Brig. Gen. Domingo Tutaan Jr., a spokesman for the Philippines armed forces, told the New York Times. “I have been in the service for 32 years, and I have been involved with a lot of calamities. I don't have words to describe what our ground commanders are seeing in the field.”

Many survivors have described the tsunami-like characteristics of the storm, speculated to be the worst in Philippines' history, the New York Times reported.

According to the article, top relief official Valerie Amos was headed to the scene in the Philippines on Monday, and had already released $25 million from an emergency response fund with plans to call for more money upon arriving.

USA Today reported efforts from the United States in an article Monday.

"A contingent of 230 American service members, most of them Marines and sailors based in Japan, were on the ground to aid in rescue and recovery operations following Typhoon Haiyan, also called Yolanda," the article reported.

And the account of the country from all parties is devastating.

The Washington Post reported on an article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, indicating the psychological toll hunger and grief are taking on the victims of the storm.

"Some people are losing their minds. ... People are becoming violent. They are looting business establishments, the malls, just to find food. I'm afraid that in one week, people will be killing from hunger," a local schoolteacher, Andrew Pomeda, said.

The article reports that entire regions do not have food or water, and dead bodies are scattered in the streets.

"The latest Philippine government estimates suggest that 9.5 million people - about 10 percent of the country - have been affected, with more than 600,000 displaced from their homes," the Washington Post reports.

A full assessment of the damage is forthcoming, as many areas of the island are still cut off from relief.


Original Post

Copyright 2013 Deseret Digital Media, Inc.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:48:47 GMT
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
  • Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:34:04 GMT
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
  • NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:30:41 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices