Typhoon Survivors in Philippines Wait for Aid - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Typhoon Survivors in Philippines Wait for Aid

Posted:

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport here on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies.
    
Four days after the typhoon struck, only a trickle of assistance has made it to affected communities along the eastern seaboard, which bore the brunt of Typhoon Haiyan. Authorities estimate it killed 10,000 or more.  Millions are without shelter or food.
    
Tacloban, a city of about 400,000 people on Leyte island, is among the hardest hit.
    
Two Philippine Air Force C-130s arrived at its destroyed airport just after dawn, along with several commercial and private flights.
    
The planes were greeted by scenes of chaos as more than 3,000 people who camped out at the building surged onto the tarmac past a broken iron fence to get on the aircraft. Just a dozen soldiers and several police held them back.
    
Mothers raised their babies high above their heads in the rain, in hopes of being prioritized. One lady in her thirties lay on a stretcher, shaking uncontrollably. Only a small number managed to board.
    
"I was pleading with the soldiers. I was kneeling and begging because I have diabetes," said Helen Cordial, whose house was destroyed in the storm.  "Do they want me to die in this airport? They are stone hearted."
    
Most residents spent Monday night under pouring rain wherever they could - in the ruins of destroyed houses, in the open along roadsides and shredded trees. Some slept under tents brought in by the government or relief groups.
    
Local doctors said they were desperate for medicines. Beside the ruined airport tower, at a small makeshift clinic with shattered windows an, army and air force medics said they had treated around 1,000 people since the typhoon for cuts, bruises, lacerations, deep wounds.
    
"It's overwhelming," said Air force Capt. Antonio Tamayo. "We need more medicine. We cannot give anti-tetanus vaccine shots because we have none."
    
International aid groups and militaries are rushing assistance to the region, but little has arrived yet.
    
The USS George Washington was expected to arrive off the coast in about two days, according to the Pentagon. A similar sized US ship, and its fleet of helicopters capable of dropping tons of water daily and evacuating wounded, was credited with saving scores of lives after the 2004 Asian tsunami.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Parksley Husband & Wife Killed in Car Accident

    Parksley Husband & Wife Killed in Car Accident

    Jul 16, 2018 10:53 PM2018-07-17 02:53:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-07-17 02:53:07 GMT
    Virginia State Police say two people are dead after a crash on Route 13 in Accomack County.More
    Virginia State Police say two people are dead after a crash on Route 13 in Accomack County.More
  • Millsboro Man Arrested for 5th DUI Offense

    Millsboro Man Arrested for 5th DUI Offense

    Jul 16, 2018 9:21 PM2018-07-17 01:21:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 9:21 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:21:19 GMT
    Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man with his 5th offense DUI after he was involved in a single motor vehicle crash.More
    Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man with his 5th offense DUI after he was involved in a single motor vehicle crash.More
  • Sleep Cheap Owner Has Answers To Furniture Fiasco

    Sleep Cheap Owner Has Answers To Furniture Fiasco

    Jul 16, 2018 7:08 PM2018-07-16 23:08:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 9:08 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:08:00 GMT
    After customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answersAfter customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answers
    After customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answersAfter customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answers
    After weeks of unanswered phone calls and emails, Sleep Cheap Mattresses and More owner Dana Santana opened the doors to the store in an attempt to provide some customers with answers.More
    After weeks of unanswered phone calls and emails, Sleep Cheap Mattresses and More owner Dana Santana opened the doors to the store in an attempt to provide some customers with answers. More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Teen Charged in Milford Crash That Injured 6

    Milford Crash Shuts Down Route One, Causes Critical Injuries

    Jul 15, 2018 9:08 PM2018-07-16 01:08:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 2:11 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:11:15 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours.More
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours. More
  • Maryland Man Killed in Millsboro Crash

    Maryland Man Killed in Millsboro Crash

    Jul 15, 2018 8:33 PM2018-07-16 00:33:00 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-07-16 00:33:01 GMT
    MILLSBORO, Del.- A Maryland man is dead after a crash in Millsboro Saturday afternoon. According to the Delaware State Police, around 1:15 p.m., a 48-year-old Laurel woman was driving south on Route 24 near Nine Foot Road with the intention of turning lefMore
    MILLSBORO, Del.- A Maryland man is dead after a crash in Millsboro Saturday afternoon. According to the Delaware State Police, around 1:15 p.m., a 48-year-old Laurel woman was driving south on Route 24 near Nine Foot Road with the intention of turning lefMore
  • Elderly Woman and Young Grandson Left Homeless and Searching For Help

    Elderly Woman and Young Grandson Left Homeless and Searching For Help

    Jul 16, 2018 6:02 PM2018-07-16 22:02:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:02:15 GMT
    74-year-old Jane Badal-Williams has been searching for help since last Wednesday after she was evicted from her townhouse with her 10-year-old grandson, Kaleb.More
    74-year-old Jane Badal-Williams has been searching for help since last Wednesday after she was evicted from her townhouse with her 10-year-old grandson, Kaleb. More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices