Tacloban: Town in the center of the gale
Taifun Haiyan caused havoc on the mainland - the town of Tacloban in the Leyte region is one of the most affected areas. Tacloban, a town of more than 220,000 inhabitants, has been struck by disaster. Situated on the eastern isle of Leyte, the town has captured the full power of the storm with a wind speed of 310km/h (195mph).
This was followed by a flood which was supposedly up to 5 metres long and severely damaging houses, school and the university. As in many places in the Philippines, much of Tacloban is very low. The Tacloban is located at the top of a cove, close to the impending cyclone.
The relief organisations have cautioned against a worsening safety net as more and more despair is felt. Despite the establishment of a military ambulance, public sector workers have issued a warning that the areas most affected are at risk. The need for protection, clean drinking waters and sanitary facilities is vital to prevent the outbreak of contagious disease with another cyclone on its way to the Philippines.
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The Tacloban was directly struck on 8 November 2013 when the dam of all tropic winds devastated the town. But as you are walking through Tacloban's roads today, it is not possible to visualize the absurd moments of this fate. Tacloban purses are back full of locals instead of auxiliaries.
Yes, the town has taken up its part as the trading centre of Leyte and Samar again. Paintings of devastation, the smell of the dead that penetrated the town, the loved ones that have been destroyed.... none of this will ever be overlooked. The pulsating, somewhat gravelly harbour town has returned from recreation and is once again receiving people.
Filipino civilization of destruction and ruins: Once lively Tacloban turned by typhoon Haiyan into waste ground
Tacloban, once a lively seaside town, was turned into a dead body desert three nights ago by the mighty typhoon Haiyan. Approximately 10,000 lives were lost in the town and the remaining lives were abandoned without housing, nutrition or safe drinking waters. The state of the disaster has been officially proclaimed in the state of preparedness for another stormy front that is likely to hinder the already tough aid measures.
Officers say the casualty rate in Tacloban is so high because many have been left behind to defend their belongings and have been wiped away in a tidal wave of waters and shredding rubble. Following the hurricane, ABC Southeast Asia correspondents Zoe Daniel described the scene of the devastation. They climb over vehicles and busses thrown by the winds and hit by the tide.
Humans protect themselves under everything they can find. There is a genuine feeling of disappointment among humans because they do not have enough to eat, they do not have enough drinking caffeine. "Tacloban has adopted the offical tagline "A City of Progress, Beauty and Love", but the Taifun, commonly known as Yolanda, has turned it upside down.
Taifun struck with a power powerful enough to flood the neighborhood with thousands of men and women, drowning them in a tidal wave and sending automobiles and ship boxes through the neighborhood. There are still deaths on the street two nights after the hurricane.... Children and old people," Rodolfo Godinez said in an ABC interview last night. "Marivel Saraza, 39.
A number of humans are building shelter from what the waters have given their houses shatter. In the Philippines, humanitarian assistance is being provided internationally. There is a great flow of goods in Tacloban, but the need is enormous and there are concerns that they will not reach those who need them most. "As Christopher Pedrosa, a member of the administration said, local residents are wandering around the town looking for shelter.
In front of a broken cathedral in the town there is a hand-written sign: "Auxiliary lorries from the airports are struggling to get into the town because the flow of passengers and cars is moving out. Mister Abbott says that a civil health care staff will be going to the Philippines in the next one or two days, while Australia has a local staff to take care of the necessary things.
"I certainly do not exclude further help, because the Philippines is a kind neighbor whose peoples are terribly affected by this catastrophe and in the best of Australian comradeship tradition we will help the Philippines peoples in their time of need," he said.
A number of clean-up operations have started, but the restoration of the local public utilities and electricity will take a long while. Brigade General Paul Kennedy, the leader of the US naval alliance sent to support the town, has drawn a gloomy image of the area. "Tacloban, the province capitol of Leyte, has 220,000 inhabitants and is located about 580 kilometers southeast of Manila.
In 2010, a study published by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Centre named Tacloban the fifth-strongest town in the nation and the second-strongest in the rising one. Also Tacloban has an important place in the Philippine story. It was the first Philippine town to be freed from Japan in 1944 by united Philippine and US armies.
This was two years after US General Douglas MacArthur was ordered to flee the Philippines in the wake of a Japanese outbreak. For a short time Tacloban was the Philippine capitol, from October 20, 1944 to February 27, 1945.