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Current Event Cat of the Day: Looting in the Philippines

Current Event Cat - Looting

Step 1: Survive Typhoon Haiyan. Step 2: Panic. Step 3: Begin Looting!

Panicked survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines began looting Wednesday as food and clean water supplies become harder and harder to find.

Five days after one of deadliest storms ever recorded hit the Philippines, the official death toll stands at 2,275. The number of causalities is expected to rise – as is the number of looting related deaths.

So far 8 people were crushed to death when thousands of hungry Filipinos overran a government rice warehouse on one of the hardest hit islands. The rice mob caused a wall to collapse, crushing some people in the process, and prompting security forces to exchange gunfire with an armed gang – but at least they (well, some of them) managed to escape with thousands of sacks of grain.

The slow pace of international aid distribution also caused some residents to smash open underground pipes and break into homes and stores to strip the shelves of supplies.

“People are walking around like zombies just looking for food and water” one resident said, speaking of Tacloban, one of the worst hit cities.

“My hometown will never be the same again. About 90% of the city is destroyed – nothing left.”

As the Philippines descends into chaos, authorities are trying to control the looting – but millions of displaced Filipinos has presented quite the logistical challenge.  As international aid comes trickling in to the areas devastated by the typhoon, the government is trying its best to keep its sh*t together.

“This is the largest logistic operation in the history of the Philippines, we have never done anything like this before,” Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras said.

“The Filipino resiliency will be proven by this crisis. Maybe somebody from the outside cannot understand the true nature of this country and the realities that can be found on the ground.”

Now, if only they could get that looting under control – although I suppose basic survival is as good of reason as any to steal food and water…

Via: CBC News

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Typhoon Aid to the Philippines

Current Event Cat - Typhoon Aid Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc in the Philippines over the weekend, leaving behind mass destruction and mass casualties.

The typhoon death toll is estimated to be more than 10,000 and over 600,000 people have been displaced. In one city, Tacloban, the UN is reporting a mass grave with 300 to 500 bodies after the town was hit by waves and winds up to 235 mph.

“I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every single building, every single house,” U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over the former city / current garbage dump.

Now the typhoon-ravaged Philippines is facing a daunting relief effort. All the Filipino cleaning ladies in the world couldn’t clean up the destruction left behind by typhoon Haiyan, so Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity in order to speed up relief efforts for victims.

Millions have been affected by the storm and many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water. Rescue workers have been out and about wading through floating bloated bodies and handing out aid.  However, they are struggling to reach the hardest hit areas that have been cut off as a result of the typhoon.

The Philippines National Red Cross said people were not prepared for such a powerful storm. While authorities had evacuated hundreds of thousands of residents, many evacuation centres weren’t able to withstand the winds and storm surges.

“Imagine America, which was prepared and very rich, still had a lot of challenges at the time of Hurricane Katrina, but what we had was three times more than what they received,” said Gwendolyn Pang, the group’s executive director.

I wouldn’t say America was “prepared” when it came to Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Pang, but your country just had a pretty rough typhoon so I’ll let it slide…

Via: CBC News

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Super Typhoon Haiyan

Current Event Cat - Typhoon Haiyan

Super/Monster/Really Big Typhoon Haiyan roared into the Philippines early Friday with winds of up to 320km per hour (aka really fast).

The storm, which may be the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit land, has forced millions to seek shelter in 20 provinces and hold on for dear life. So far, three people have been killed and seven more reported injured. Another 12 million are still at risk.

The Super Typhoon, which began battering Samar at 4:30 a.m, flooded streets and knocked out power and communications networks in many areas. The super high winds meant the destruction was over quickly – but it also meant that there was a lot of destruction.

“About 90% of the infrastructure and establishments were heavily damaged,” Gwendolyn Pang, the secretary general of the Philippine National Red Cross said.

Pang also predicted that the death toll would rise as soon as aid workers could wade their way through the wreckage and the 10 feet high flood waters. Considering December’s Typhoon Bopha killed as many as 1,900 people last year, this Super Typhoon will probably do even more damage. But the Philippines is a resilient country and they will get through it. If there are two things Filipinos are good at, it’s enduring typhoons (they have an average of 20 a year) and cleaning up big messes (I have a Filipino cleaning lady).

Via: CNN & Current Event Cats