President Benigno Aquino III raised eyebrows yesterday when he said that the death toll could be lower than the original estimates of 10,000. He suggested the toll would be about 2,000 to 2,500. Images and reports from the ground suggest that he is woefully mistaken.
...As many as 2 of every 5 dead is a child.
...The stench of the dead is overpowering. Everyone wears a mask to help, but the smell cannot be avoided.
Looting and panic in Philippines as death toll climbs
... city administrator Tecson John Lim ...said 90 percent of the coastal city of 220,000 people had been destroyed, with only 20 percent of residents receiving aid. Houses were now being looted because warehouses were empty, he said.
"The looting is not criminality. It is self-preservation," Lim told Reuters.
...The preliminary number of missing, according to the Red Cross, is 22,000, but Pang noted that figure could include people who have since been located.
Google, which has set up websites to help people share and look for information about missing persons during catastrophes, currently lists some 65,500 people as missing from the typhoon.
But Google staff warned against reading too much into the data, pointing out that a similar website set up after the Japanese tsunami in 2011 listed more than 600,000 names, far higher than the final death toll of nearly 20,000.
More the 670,000 people have been displaced by the storm and nearly 12 percent of the population directly affected, according to U.N. estimates.
It is the same scam they did during Haiti event. Drum up the numbers and sucker in as much money as they can to commit fraud and get rich.
Well thats nature for you. Tempt it by cramming millions of people into a hurricane/typhoon prone area or region that is not ready for a hurricane/typhoon, and youll end up with something like this.
It shouldnt be surprising to anyone.
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No but people try to take advantage of others when disaster strikes. And it is very evident with the way this story has gone so far that it is being blown up to create a environment for fraud. Ten thousand dead the largest storm in history. Well I never seen wood framed buildings survive 230 mph winds. Honesty goes a long way. Maybe they should try some on this story.
And I know what it is like. Hit in Florida by two category 5 in one week. Over a month without power. And a government that wanted to do nothing but give you bottled water and ice. If you wanted to wait in the day long line to get it. Tree companies paid for by FEMA will remove your tree if you have 500 or a 1000 dollars in cash. Blue taros to the rescue. Really? They tore the first time the wind blew.edit on 13-11-2013 by JBA2848 because: (no reason given)
Im just looking at the situation dispassionately from a detached perspective.
I mean, this is the kind of dilemma that wouldn’t happen in a society that didn’t expect the government to solve our problems. But to expect the government and people who aren’t benefiting to pay for me to live on the beach and get my house blown down, that’s not morally correct and it’s not in the Constitution, if that’s what we’re supposed to be doing.
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And to show you why I question anything that comes from there. Two Admirals of the Pacific Fleet fired for bribes and prostitution from billionaire.
Maybe you should ask Leonard Francis from Singapore to help out. He has extra money now because the people he was bribing are gone now. The corruption between the US and China war for this area is just too much to trust any information that comes from there.
And it is not a matter of helping it is the knowledge that it will never go where you think it should. They will use this to bribe and buy control of the area and try to influence the politics and corruption in the area. And it will not end up in the hands that need it or the hands people wanted it to go to. Just like Haiti. Warehouses full of donated supplies thrown away years later that was never even given to the people there.
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