Aid flow into Philippines improves

2013-11-18 12:59
(Trevor Welch, AFP)

(Trevor Welch, AFP)

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Tacloban - Aid workers, heavy equipment and relief supplies have begun flowing into regions devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Regional military commander Roy Deveraturda said on Monday that the "darkest night was over, but it's not yet 100%".

At the main airport in Tacloban, a pay loader was shifting pallets of water and sacks of rice into trucks.

On the main road, teams were shifting debris into trucks.

Typhoon Haiyan killed or has left missing more than 5 000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

The first week of the response was inevitably chaotic because airports into the region were damaged and local governance structures shattered.

Military and civilian teams from around the world have arrived to bolster the immediate response by authorities and the communities themselves.

Some shops and petrol stations have begun to re-open in hard-hit towns. One stall was selling barbequed pig on Sunday in Tacloban.

News24's Lauren Hess is in the Philippines with SA aid group Gift of the Givers. Follow her for updates on the rescue mission.

Lauren’s twitter handle is: @LaurenH_ZA

Read more on:    philippines  |  typhoon haiyan  |  natural disasters

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