New York - A good two weeks after the record storm "Haiyan" passed through, the Philippine government fears up to 7,000 deaths. According to new information from the authorities on Saturday, at least 5,235 bodies were identified and 1,613 people are still missing - third of them in the particularly badly devastated coastal city of Tacloban. According to the United Nations, around 1.5 million children are also at risk of malnutrition.
The typhoon on November 8th left swath of devastation in the Philippines and made four million people homeless. A number of countries took part in large-scale international aid operation, sometimes with their armed forces. However, there are always delays and logistical problems in the distribution of food, drinking water and medicines in the disaster region.
"There are no stable deliveries of aid supplies," complained the mother of four, Maribel Senase from Tacloban. “Everything only arrives in droplets.” Despite the first food rations, she and her family were still hungry.
Also the UN emergency aid coordinator Valerie Amos sounded the alarm on Friday. "I am very concerned about the 1.5 million children who are at risk of malnutrition and the nearly 800,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women in need of food aid," Amos said at news conference in New York after her return from the Philippines. A good two weeks after the disaster, countless people are still exposed to the bad weather without protection. More emergency accommodation is therefore urgently needed.
The UN increased its emergency aid for the Southeast Asian country from 301 to 348 million euros. On Friday, the World Bank also increased its support payments by an additional 480 million dollars (354 million euros), almost doubling it. Analysts had put the economic typhoon damage for the Philippines in early estimates at 14 billion dollars.
Cologne - Typhoon "Haiyan" in the Philippines cost the lives of more than 4,000 people. 1,602 are still missing. Since last Thursday, Tankred Stöbe has been in Santa Fe near Tacloban with team of 17 international employees from MSF Typhoons, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions hit. The tsunami from 1976, which was triggered by violent earthquake, is considered to be the most momentous disaster in the country's history. At that time between 5000 and 8000 people were killed.