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Yolanda Relief!

NATIONAL CALAMITY

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/12/national-calamity-3...

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/11/12/national-calamity-3...

Hello Friends of Moalboal.

Torsten, owner of Moalboal Backpackers writes.

"Gud am Lars, I like to plan my 3rd help project. This time for Bantayan island. My idea is a 'mobile kitchen' We need:1 gas tank, 1 gas stove,1 big frying pan, 1 big pot, and lots of food, vegi, rice, water and noodles. Furthermore tarpoline n nylon,candles. And we need a car to going up to Bogo/Bantayan island.- I think that would be much more easier to transport. The people need something to eat asap, but they need the supply. When we share, perhaps P 1000 each and perhaps we can load all that stuff in a car - I’m sure we can do it. Please give me a feedback about my idea or if you have other suggestions. Ann and I plan to be back in Moalboal by tomorrow - hope the ferry is going."

If you want to contact Torsten: [email]torsten.siggelkow [at] yahoo.com[/email]

Tomorrow, Wednesday we will have a fund raiser in Chili Bar. If you want, please come and donate some money.

It is OK to donate food but much easier with money and then a big shopping done in Cebu before heading to Bantayan.

This from SunStar today.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A STATE of national calamity was declared yesterday to allow government to release emergency funds quicker and impose price controls on staple goods. President Benigno Aquino III said that while casualties were low in most areas that super typhoon Yolanda hit last Nov. 8, the two worst-hit provinces, Leyte and Samar, had witnessed "massive destruction and loss of life."

With roads still not fully cleared and communication signals limited, the government’s official tally remained low: 255 dead, 71 injured and 38 missing. An estimated 91,657 families (433,300 persons) remain in evacuation centers.
In Cebu alone, the number of deaths has reached 58, based on records of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 7. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said “we pray” that the death toll is less than 10,000.

Tacloban, the worst-hit city, resembled a garbage dump from the air, punctuated only by a few concrete buildings that remained standing.

"I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way—every single building, every single house" US Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over the city. He spoke on the tarmac at the airport, where two Marine C-130 cargo planes were parked, engines running, unloading supplies.

Authorities said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon. It’s one of the most powerful recorded typhoons to ever hit land and likely the deadliest natural disaster to beset the Philippines.

Soldiers were distributing food and water in Tacloban, and assessment teams from the United Nations and other international agencies were seen for the first time yesterday.

Foreign aid

The US military dispatched food, water, generators and a contingent of Marines to the city, the first outside help in what will swell into a major international relief mission. "Please tell my family I’m alive," said Erika Mae Karakot, a survivor in Tacloban, as she lined up for aid. "We need water and medicine because a lot of the people we are with are wounded. Some are suffering from diarrhea and dehydration due to shortage of food and water."

Authorities said they had evacuated some 800,000 people ahead of the typhoon, but some of the evacuation centers proved to be no protection against the wind and rising water.

The Philippine National Red Cross said people were not prepared for a storm surge. "Imagine America, which was prepared and very rich, still had a lot of challenges at the time of Hurricane Katrina, but what we had was three times more than what they received" said Gwendolyn Pang, the group's executive director.

In Cebu, the worst damage is in the northernmost towns, where Yolanda made landfall twice last Friday morning.

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And here's another one, we did not feel anything in Moalboal

Nov 12, 01:00 pm: 4.8 quake an aftershock of last month's quake

The quake measuring 4.8 on Richter scale, that hit Bohol at 1:21 pm local time, was an aftershock following last month's quake, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The quake didn't cause any damages so far. Its epicentre was said to be 31 kilometers northeast of Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol, reported the Wall Street Journal.