Help for Philippines

November 14, 2013

Since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines it has been painful to watch the slow search and rescue mission and disaster relief process. Donations from around the world have poured in, but some of the most damaged areas remain isolated islands within the islands.

Live news feeds on every major U.S. network show anchors like CNN's Anderson Cooper pointing to "6 dead bodies here", "five more over here."

Sanitation has to be a problem, but finally five days after the storm hit hundreds of Tacloban's dead have been buried in a mass grave.

The USS George Washington arrived today with 5,000 troops and tons of food, water and supplies for the estimated million people who have been displaced by the killer storm.

The BBC reported:
US Marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy told BBC Radio 5 live that the US aid effort was being stepped up to a level that has "probably never been applied" to a humanitarian crisis. 
The presence of the USS George Washington is expected to triple the number of available helicopters, which can also deliver hundreds of thousands of gallons of water every day. Food, water and medical help are beginning to reach residents of Tacloban as soldiers clear roads blocked by debris.
President Obama delivered a new statement on the tragedy:
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of the Philippines as they mourn so many loved ones and neighbors lost in the awful destruction of Typhoon Haiyan. Here in the United States, we're offering our support to our fellow Filipino-Americans who are worried for family and friends back home. 
The friendship between our two countries runs deep, and when our friends are in trouble, America helps. That's why, as I pledged to President Aquino yesterday, the United States will continue to offer whatever assistance we can. 
Our support is rooted in the compassion and generosity of the American people who, time and again, have stepped up and helped those in need around the world. Today, I encourage Americans who want to help our Filipino friends to visit whitehouse.gov/typhoon, which offers links to organizations working in the Philippines and ways to support their efforts. 
With so many families and communities in the Philippines in urgent need of food, water, shelter and medicine, even small contributions can make a big difference and help save lives. 
Meanwhile, the U.S. government continues to do our part. Our USAID and military personnel are on the ground and working around the clock. 
The first American planes carrying emergency supplies and food for 10,000 families have arrived. U.S. ships, including the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, are on their way to the scene to help expand search and rescue operations, provide logistical support and medical care, and provide a platform for helicopters to move supplies to remote areas. 
Recovering from one of the strongest storms ever recorded will take years. But the strength, resilience and faith of the Filipino people are legendary, and the areas affected by this storm are some of the same places where Americans and Filipinos sacrificed together to liberate the Philippines during World War II. 
Today, our message to our Filipino allies is that we stand with you once more. In the difficult days ahead, we'll do our part to help you recover. And as you rebuild from this terrible storm, you will continue to have a friend and partner in the United States of America.
The president invited Americans to help the Filipinos:
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

In Tocloban alone the death toll has surpassed 4K. There where hundreds of bodies laying all over in the streets and under the rubble the first few days.

Most were killed by the 5-6meter storm surge. It seems that nobody had informed the people about the expected storm surge.
Ex: The Mayor broke through the ceiling in his house whe the water kept rising and brought them up to the ceiling level, to put his kids in the ceiling beams while he and his wife held on to those same beams and kids to keep from being washed away into the close by ocean.
There are still many devastated areas that have not been reached. The people are desperate.
More than six days without food and water.
The international news media has openly criticized the Phil Govt. for it's slow and in most cases lack of response along with it's inability to manage the distribution of aid.
Much aid is piled at the airports and not distributed.
Only now is the military staring to put armed guards at disbursement points in the cities and at the destination points to keep the Govt workers and other from taking.
Much of the Govt rice that is destined for aid that came from their warehouses have already found it's way into the local markets in Manila and other areas instead of where it is supposed to go.
Many countries such as Aust. Briton, Greece, turkey etc have sent cargo planes full of aid. many countries have also donated millions of dollars.
An interesting thing though is that China has only donated $100,000 in aid. That is a correct number (one hundred thousand)
Could this be because of the demonstrations and the action from many to boycott Chinese product over the claims to some various Island in the South China sea?
But China still has invested billions in factories and other projects in the Phil. this make them money, aid does not.

Later the looting and bartering for stolen food etc.

Anonymous said...

In Tocloban alone the death toll has surpassed 4K. There where hundreds of bodies laying all over in the streets and under the rubble the first few days.

Most were killed by the 5-6meter storm surge. It seems that nobody had informed the people about the expected storm surge.
Ex: The Mayor broke through the ceiling in his house whe the water kept rising and brought them up to the ceiling level, to put his kids in the ceiling beams while he and his wife held on to those same beams and kids to keep from being washed away into the close by ocean.
There are still many devastated areas that have not been reached. The people are desperate.
More than six days without food and water.
The international news media has openly criticized the Phil Govt. for it's slow and in most cases lack of response along with it's inability to manage the distribution of aid.
Much aid is piled at the airports and not distributed.
Only now is the military staring to put armed guards at disbursement points in the cities and at the destination points to keep the Govt workers and other from taking.
Much of the Govt rice that is destined for aid that came from their warehouses have already found it's way into the local markets in Manila and other areas instead of where it is supposed to go.
Many countries such as Aust. Briton, Greece, turkey etc have sent cargo planes full of aid. many countries have also donated millions of dollars.
An interesting thing though is that China has only donated $100,000 in aid. That is a correct number (one hundred thousand)
Could this be because of the demonstrations and the action from many to boycott Chinese product over the claims to some various Island in the South China sea?
But China still has invested billions in factories and other projects in the Phil. this make them money, aid does not.

Later the looting and bartering for stolen food etc.

Anonymous said...

The exact number of dead is still not known as many areas have still not been accessed.
Many groups have taken over service stations and have been dipping the gasoline out of the tanks and filling coke and other liter bottles and selling it for 300PhP and more per liter to the few that have motor cycles and vehicles still operational. (USD rate is average 43.5PhP to $1)
Many dead animals have been cut up for food along with any that managed to survive the storm.
Anything that can can carried have been looted from stores and the homes.
Stories are coming out abut the people that are huddles together in makeshift shelters or in the open have to stay alert as many are stealing from the rest what little possessions they have managed to save.
Corruption involving the AID is rampant. Public officials are involved in a "feeding frenzy" on who can manage to take the most of the aid on the ground.
Aid that is delivered on the ground is usually distributed by barangay officials.
In many cases the Bargangay and local Govt. officials are only giving AID to their families and political allies and not directly to all the people in need.
Reports that much is also being sold or traded off.
Volunteers that are packaging up the AID are being paid in food packets which are also being sold or traded.
The Central Govt. officials have stated that with over 20 typhoons a year in the Phil. every year this is the way they have always distributed AID through the Barangay and other local Govt officials to the needy. (Maybe about time to change this)
In many areas the Phil Military choppers have just been coming into an area and unloading the AID packages on the ground and leaving as the crowd approaches leaving the supplies to the strongest to cart off and later these same gangs sell and barter to those with money or articles to exchange. (This statement was by the military own admission to an international news reporter on camera)
The central Govt has stated that all local Govt. had been forewarned about the ferocity and strength of the oncoming storm in advance so as to evacuate the people to safety.
Some local Govt. officials took heed but many did not.
Many officials took themselves and family to Manila ahead of the storm leaving their area to fend for themselves.

China has up the AID some and sent tents and blankets but distribution by the Phil. Govt along with much other stores in it's warehouses still is questionable.

A central distribution site at an undamaged Cebu warehouse has been set up for that and other island areas.

With the arrival of the US Marines hope has been renewed that many more areas will be opened up and people will be evacuated but the enormity of this task and the numer are staggering along with were to put those evacuated.
One base is housweing many now and talk has been to look into opening up the many old barracks ate Clark that have been left abandoned from the retreat of the US Military years ago.
These buildings have been looted also over the years by the Govt agencies and others so is this viable and workable in regards to the toilet facilities and other basics in view of the way things are so disorganized anyway.

Anonymous said...

The Phil Govt, still has so many conflicting reports compared to the documention on camers by the international news media. It is getting very embarrassing for the Central Govt.
Now the AID supplied by the Phil Govt has been shown to be tainted. Much of the rice is no good and the can goods are exspanded.
The victims are complaining that the food they are sent is not edible and it wa shown on camera but denied by the Govt.
The President states that only less than 2k people have dies while the media has put this at a much higher number with thousand still missing.
The news media are entering areas that the Govt has not touched yet along with the various outside Govts. and military forces.

President Aguino went to Tocloban to look over thedamage and they shut down the Tacloban airport for all airport traffic which affected the AID deliveries while he was there which upset the US military commander in charge of the AID deliveries there.
Phil. is losing much credibility in their emergency response
But they say this is the way they always respond.
Maybe this is a blessing in disguise as it is all documented by the international news agencies and may supply a means later for them to correct their short falls.
Lets see