World Bulletin/News Desk
Three truckloads of food and water items have arrived at the crisis management center in the city of Tacloban, Philippines, to be distributed to 10,000 families suffering from the effects of Typhoon Haiyan.
The emergency supplies include 40 tons of rice, 5,000 canned food items, 1,500 5-liters of water, and large amounts of pasta and coffee, according to an AA correspondent.
Omer Kesmen, Turkey's IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation Board of Directors member and Philippines representative, said they had taken action immediately after the typhoon disaster.
“We will reach 10,000 families, but will continue our efforts...To treat the wound of the Filippino people we as IHH, we as the Turkish people, will do our best."
Noting that the Philippines consist of islands, Kesmen mentioned the difficulty of transportation and how bodies continued to be uncovered even today. He stressed the extreme shortage of food and medicine.
Meanwhile, the people and children of the almost destroyed city of Tacloban rummage through the ruins in hopes of collecting useful items.
Pushing a wheelbarrow, 9-year-old Jason Filip explained that his family's home was destroyed in the typhoon and his father is trying to find food while his grandfather remains missing.
Widespread damage has been reported across nine regions of the Philippines. The UN estimates that more than 12 million people have been affected by the typhoon, with more than 700,000 left homeless. The official death toll exceeded 4,000 and is expected to rise substantially, according to the statement of Gina Centanni, GCHope's logistics coordinator, to an AA correspondent.Last Mod: 17 Kasım 2013, 17:10