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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.
...That's plenty time for the government to mobilize and evacuate its citizens.
Maybe this is what happened and that is why we have the more "acceptable" 2,500 dead
this one being above category 5, a category that doesn't even exist.
This is very sad indeed. Nowadays, it seems, that there's a major deadly storm every year whereas it used to be every 5 years or so. My major fear is that things will get even worse. Category 5 will become the norm! It's even being reported on the news that storms will be getting worse in the coming years. This storm is just the beginning, it seems.
...this is entirely different than what's on the news in the Philippines. In fact, the person that made estimates of 10,000+ people dead and about 80% - 90% of things being destroyed in Tacloban is getting a lot of heat because it's not even close. ...the news in the Philippines claim over 10,000 are injured, and nearly 2000 are missing, and I believe over 1700 are dead. The amount of damage isn't as significant ...
Even though authorities had evacuated about 800,000 people ahead of the typhoon, the death toll was so high because many evacuation centres - brick-and-mortar schools, churches and government buildings - could not withstand the winds and water surges.
Officials said people who had huddled in these buildings drowned or were swept away.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013. The United Nations said officials in Tacloban, which bore the brunt of the storm, had reported one mass grave of 300 to 500 bodies.
Philippine typhoon death toll jumps
The death toll from one of the world's most powerful typhoons surged to about 4,000 on Friday, but the aid effort was still so patchy bodies lay uncollected as rescuers tried to evacuate stricken communities across the central Philippines.
…Official confirmed deaths nationwide rose by more than 1,200 overnight to 3,621 on Friday. Adding to the confusion, the United Nations, citing government figures, put the latest overall death toll at 4,460, but a spokeswoman said it was now reviewing the figure.
…The preliminary number of missing as of Friday, according to the Red Cross, rose to 25,000 from 22,000 a day earlier. That could include people who have since been located, it said.
…On Tuesday, Aquino said estimates of 10,000 dead by local officials were overstated and caused by "emotional trauma". Elmer Soria, a regional police chief who gave that estimate to media, was removed from his post on Thursday.
National police spokesman Reuben Sindac said Soria had experienced an "acute stress reaction" and had been transferred to headquarters in Manila. But a senior police official told Reuters he believed Soria was re-assigned because of his unauthorised casualty estimate.
Philippine typhoon death toll 4,460: UN
The United Nations said Friday the death toll from a super typhoon in the Philippines was at least 4,460, citing regional officials, but the national disaster council maintained a much lower figure.
The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the number of 4,460 was given from the regional taskforce of the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Wednesday. But NDRMMC’s spokesman Reynaldo Balido insisted the official toll from the typhoon that ripped through the central Philippines on November 8 remained at 3,621. “As of 13 November, the government reported that 4,460 people have died,” an OCHA statement said. Asked for the source of the figures, Manila-based OCHA spokeswoman Orla Fagan said:” We are getting it from the operations center of the regional taskforce set up by the NDRMMC.” When asked about the UN’s statement: Balido replied: “Not true.” Then repeated the NDRMMC’s published figure of 3,621. Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Tuesday that he estimated the final death toll would be around 2,500. — AFP
Philippines typhoon death toll doubles
The death toll from a powerful typhoon that swept the central Philippines nearly doubled overnight, reaching 4,000, as helicopters from a US aircraft carrier and other naval ships began flying food, water and medical teams to ravaged regions.
President Benigno Aquino, caught off guard by the scale of the disaster, has been criticised for the slow pace of aid distribution and unclear estimates of casualties, especially in Tacloban, capital of hardest-hit Leyte province.
…The toll, marked up on a whiteboard, is compiled by officials who started burying bodies in a mass grave on Thursday.
[ED. NOTE: Residents report they started mass burials Sunday.
...Susan Tan, whose grocery store and warehouse were completely looted after the typhoon, is despondent but determined to carry on with her life and help others.
She's now using her empty warehouse as a centre from where people can make calls on a satellite phone she got from a friend who works for local telecoms company Smart. There has been no cellphone service in the town since last Friday.
"This was my store. Now's it's a relief centre and a call centre," said Tan, 43. "It was ransacked by panicked ... people desperate for food. There was no way to control them. We had stocked up on food for the Christmas holidays. They took everything, and not just the food. They ransacked my office too, anything they could find. They took away our furniture."
Now, the barren blue shelves are empty. Still it is serving a purpose, with about 100 people queued up outside waiting to make calls. The free calls are limited to one minute each.
…"Although I've been looted and bankrupt by this, I cannot refuse my friends and my town. We need to help each other," she said. "I can't just go to Cebu and sit in the mall while this place is in ruins."
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.
...Perhaps the idea was to overfund the needy for some reason.
UN: Disparity in death toll is normal
…The NDRRMC (Aquino government) has said that a total of 9,073,804 people in nine regions were affected by “Yolanda”, considered the strongest typhoon on record to make landfall.
The recent Situation Report from UNOCHA (the UN) showed, meanwhile, that aside from the 4,460 deaths, 11.8 million people have been displaced across Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, MIMAROPA, Calabarzon, Bicol, Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga.
UNOCHA, as stated in its report, was working in coordination with the DRRMC, Department of Social Welfare and Development .
The government tally shows 1,179 people missing. However, the Philippines Red Cross says it has received 25,000 “tracing requests.”
A spokesman for President Benigno Aquino says the official tallies of dead, injured and missing rely on numbers fed from local governments to provinces and then on to the national authorities. [ED. NOTE: Aquino fired the guy from Tacloban who said 10,000 were dead.]
U.N. agencies say nearly three million people have been displaced by the disaster and hundreds of thousands of them are on the move. [ED. NOTE: UNOCHA's situation report says "11.8 million people have been displaced," not 3 million.]
Mr Pulga, 27, a father of two, was one of the first victims of Typhoon Haiyan to be brought to the central hospital of Tacloban in the central Philippines. The hospital had been partly swamped with seawater, losing electricity and most of its supplies. In his time there, Mr. Pulga received next to nothing in terms of medical care. On Friday, after spending five days on a hard gurney with only a saline drip, he died, essentially of a broken leg – shattered, in fact, by a coconut sent rocketing by the wind as Haiyan made landfall.
…Mr Pulga’s death was one of many that could have been easily prevented if the relief effort had been quicker, better organized and more competent. Drinking water, food, medicines — including antibiotics — and medical help were held up for days as rescue teams struggled to operate amid the lawless chaos of a shattered city with too few military or police officers to enforce security and little if any government control.
Death blamed on failed relief effort as much as storm
TACLOBAN, the Philippines — Richard Pulga lay on a hard steel gurney for five days with only a saline drip after being seriously injured in the typhoon that devastated his country.
On Friday, Pulga, 27, died — essentially of a broken leg.
Doctors said the father of two small children could have been saved. Instead, he became a victim of the incompetence and inaction that have plagued relief efforts here for the hundreds of thousands left injured, homeless, hungry and increasingly desperate since the typhoon hit.
…“it was preventable."
Survivors in desperate need of aid are also calling for the relief authorities to clear away the bodies of victims, some in body bags, others causing a stench as they decompose in the open air.
As the relief effort continues though, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations have reiterated their advice that the Philippine government should focus their relief efforts on the living, rather than the dead.
"Obviously it's distressing to see bodies on the ground and the government is doing the best it can, but from a health perspective, bodies are not a health risk," said WHO spokesman Nyka Alexander in Manila.
It's not as bad as what some of the news agencies are claiming at least as far as the official news goes.
…Benito Lim, a professor of political science at Ateneo de Manila University. "(Aquino) is trying to exonerate himself from what he said earlier: 'zero casualties'."
At one point last year, Aquino, the only son of democracy icon and former president Corazon Aquino, enjoyed a 74 percent approval rating.
Then a scandal over lawmakers' misuse of public funds erupted, threatening to undermine the platform that got Aquino into office – curbing corruption.
A whistleblower revealed in July that some lawmakers, including the president's allies, were stealing up to half the money being allocated to local projects from discretionary government funds.
Aquino has since been accused of failing to convincingly tackle a culture of political patronage. His popularity rating sank to 49 percent in September.
The challenge now for Aquino, a week after Typhoon Yolanda, is to speed up the flow of aid and rebuild the confidence of a nation shattered by one of its worst natural disasters.
"I think he will not be popular despite the fact that he is trying his best," said Lim.
'Yolanda' death toll nears 4,000 mark
By: Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com
November 17, 2013 8:10 PM
Fatalities from Yolanda, the strongest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines, has climbed to 3,974 as of 12 noon Sunday, the country’s disaster relief agency said.
An additional 1,186 remain missing and 12,544 have been hurt when the typhoon made landfall, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
In his report to NDRRMC, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said retrieval teams hauled Saturday 780 bodies more in Tacloban City.
However, the NDRRMC failed to indicate in its updated report whether the death count given by Roxas was already included.
Philippine authorities and international aid agencies face a mounting humanitarian crisis, with the number of people displaced by the catastrophe estimated at 4 million, up from 900,000 late last week.
Nearly half a million houses were damaged by the storm, half of them destroyed, according to the United Nations.
China has the capacity to help, and doing so could benefit its own image and influence.
China, with its initial donation of just $100,000, is so far squandering an opportunity to show generosity, decisiveness and leadership in disaster relief.
…there is always an edge of strategic diplomacy to nations' efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance.
Even while they work to comfort the afflicted, governments calculate what is in it for their image and influence. And at least nations' competing to bring help is better than their competing to do harm.
The diplomacy of aid delivery can also illuminate changing patterns of influence, capability and confidence in the regional balance of power – especially when military forces are involved.
Some military capabilities, from heavy-lift aircraft to helicopters to hospital ships, are invaluable for rapid response to natural disasters - they bring in food, drinking water, shelter and medical help.
…China …now has a hospital ship, Peace Ark, used for the same kind of goodwill missions that the crews of American ships like the USNS Mercy have long been familiar with.
…You would think this time that China would be determined to play a major relief role from the outset, promoting a friendly, magnanimous image of its intentions and also denying other countries the opportunity to build closer bonds minus Beijing.
China says it is ready to send rescue and medical teams to the disaster-stricken areas in the Philippines hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan. …and Chinese rescuers will set off for the disaster-hit areas immediately once conditions permit.
Philippine president oversees Haiyan relief efforts
Mon, 18th Nov 2013 06:49
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Monday inspected more areas battered by Typhoon Haiyan to ensure that aid flowed faster and services were restored as the death toll in the disaster neared 4,000.
Aquino spent the night in Tacloban City in the worst-hit province of Leyte, where he said he would stay until he is satisfied with the relief operation, after the government's initial response was criticized for being too slow.
…The death toll from Haiyan's destruction has reached 3,976, with 1,598 missing and more than 4 million displaced, according to the national disaster relief agency. More than 18,000 were injured.
…Haiyan slammed into the eastern Philippines on November 8, with record winds of more than 300 kilometers per hour. A storm surge of up to 4 metres destroyed more than a million houses.