Massive cleaning of typhoon ravaged Tacloban starts

November 18, 2013 7:18 am 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, Nov. 17 (PNA) -– Authorities have started massive cleaning in Tacloban City of corpses and debris littered on the streets and sidewalks in the aftermath of the devastation brought about by super Typhoon “Yolanda.”

“The remaining decomposing dead bodies and tons of debris scattered on the streets have been collected today,” Jun Dulcisimo, a city resident of Tacoban, said in a text message to this writer Sunday. “Streets are now clean,” he added.

Dulcisimo also said that a task force composed of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) deployed in Tacloban helped in the cleaning operation.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, the city government of Tacloban retrieved 762 bodies lying on the streets. They were placed in cadaver bags and later buried in mass graves.

Tacloban which has a population of over 230,000 people was the worst-hit area by the deadly fury Typhoon Yolanda (international name Hiayan) with winds up to 315 kilometer-per-hour.

Dulcisimo also confirmed that helicopters from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the United States Navy distributed relief goods to far-flung areas in Leyte and Samar islands.

Soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the US Army are also helping in the distribution of packed food and water to typhoon victims, he added.

Dulcisimo also said city residents have expressed their thanks to the media for helping speed up the delivery of relief goods through their news reporting to the world the need for food, water, medicines and other relief goods.

“This is an early Christmas gifts for us,” he said. An estimated 3 million people on the path of the typhoon have been displaced across the typhoon affected regions, according to the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center. They also report 244,000 homes were totally destroyed.

Massive rehabilitation is underway.Telecommunications have been gradually restored and people can now contact loved ones living across the Philippines and the world.

On the ground, responders are focusing on the immediate life-saving needs of food and water as operations to deliver, speed up.

“There are still logistical difficulties to overcome; we already have roads cleared and managed to access the fuel required. However, the numbers of trucks to load and distribute aid are barely enough and we are extremely concerned with the most vulnerable people including people with poor mobile capacity,” said Ms. Luiza Carvalho, Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator.

The full extent of the damage inflicted by the typhoon is yet to be realized. As each day passes more data and information become available.

“What is certain is that the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan will continue to need support for a long time to come,” she said. (PNA)



One Response to “Massive cleaning of typhoon ravaged Tacloban starts”

  1. Visitacion Jackson on November 25th, 2013 8:53 am

    I would like to thank all the countries who have donated their assistance such as food, medicine, water,and money,etc, for the Filipino people who were hit by typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban, and the towns of Leyte. My family in Mayorga and La Paz were also hit and lost their houses and belongings. I pray that the distribution of the relief goods be little faster and reach also other small towns. Again Thank you so much for your kindness. GOD BLESS YOU!!!