Victims beg for food after deadly ‘Pablo’

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TWISTED steel and bare beams are all that are left of the public transportation terminal in Compostela town, which was one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon “Pablo.” Residents are at a loss as to where to get the next day’s food as aid comes in trickles. GERMELINA LACORTE

NEW BATAAN, Philippines—Desperate families begged for food Sunday, days after a typhoon brought death and destruction to parts of a southern Philippine island, as the storm returned to the north of the country.

Northern areas escaped with heavy rain after the storm weakened. But scenes of hardship were everywhere in southern areas that last week felt the full fury of the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year.

Officials said 548 people are confirmed dead, most of them in the southern island of Mindanao.

Civil defense chief Benito Ramos said the number of missing had shot up to 827 from previous figures of 500 unaccounted for, after reports of more missing fishermen came in.

In the Mindanao mountain town of New Bataan, which took the brunt of the typhoon, families lined the roads holding signs begging for food.

“Have mercy on us, please donate,” read one sign held by a group of ragged kids.

“We need food,” read another sign displayed by a group standing amid ruined banana plantations.

Farmer’s wife Madeline Blanco, 36, said her family was trying to make do while sheltering in a tent on a basketball court.

“We were given rations but it was not enough. Just rice, bread and noodles. It is not enough for me and my four children,” she told AFP.

“All we can do is wait for donations. There are cars passing by and sometimes drivers give us something,” she said.

Another farmer’s wife, Emma Toledo, 59, complained that the relief supplies from the national government had yet to arrive.

“We have not been given anything yet. Only the local government and the village officials gave us something, just some rice, noodles and dried fish,” said the mother of three.

Drivers of private vehicles also handed out donations but the lack of coordination led to more confusion.

When a truck from a local power company arrived to distribute relief supplies, it was mobbed by hungry villagers and many children were almost trampled in the chaos.

“I’ve been here for a long time. I am hungry and my children need food,” one angry woman yelled as she pushed her way to the front.

Regional civil defense operations officer Antonio Cloma said many relief agencies, both government and non-government, were entering the area with supplies for typhoon victims.

“The government is doing its best to support the requirements for these victims,” he insisted.

In the northern Philippines, the once-deadly typhoon had weakened to a tropical storm and brought downpours. But there were no reports of any floods.

“Pablo” (international code: Bopha), which once packed 210-kilometer (130-mile) per hour winds and heavy rain, had weakened with gusts of only 120 kilometres per hour, the government weather station said.

It had been headed out to the South China Sea when it made a U-turn towards the north this weekend, inititally raising fears of another disaster.

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  • $18209031

    Ang daming pera ang gobyerno, billiones at billiones in dollares pa. Saan na sa panahon na ganito ? Yan mga superrich na mga Pinos , here and abroad, ipalabas na ninyo ang tutuong teaching s ni Jesus CHrist., Give and you shall receive.  Bless are those who give for their s is the kingdom of heaven . If you give to these litle ones in my name, you will enter into the Kingdom of God. For these little ones are my children. Let these words ring inyour hearts and minds as we count the days these people of Mindanao are now suffering. Let us not dillydally mga kaibigan.

    Saan na ang mga C130s na galing Luzon daw ? . Saan na ang mga tulong ? Mga tulong galing Tate at ibat ibang lugar , nanunuod yata ng Pacquiao vs Marquez, Dios kO naman !

    • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

      Sigurado nanood ng pakyaw fight yun.

      Ayun buti nga talo.

  • Ommm

    And where are these new helicopters this government spent billions on?

    The president seems very adamant on finding a scapegoat for these peoples’ misfortune but they seem more to blame for failing to deliver relief goods….  

  • rjimenez1226

    There is something wrong with the government’s response to this calamity. Roxas is so inept.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WTAON5IXMNB43HD4UY5JLY434U Reynaldo

    kung may idodonate po kayo kayo na lang personal magbigay..at least alam nyo at nakita nyo na pumunta sa talagang kapupuntahan kasi kahit goods ibigay pinipilian parin at yung pinagpiliaan yun ang ibinibigay.

  • Guest

    aquino III is quick to donate to richer nations on times of natural calamities yet let his own people beg for help during this most trying time. hipokrito na mayabang pa si aquino III. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HURHTRIVVZLV2NZWFGQHNDGPKY isaac

    PLEASE GIVE FOOD,MEDICINE, AND SHELTER.  NO PRAYERS PLEASE, WE DONT NEED THAT AT THIS MOMENT. THANK YOU.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Where are the choppers and ships of the Philippines? For those people, it is a let down and feels like there is no government. Where are these politicians when these people need them? There are hundreds of representatives bickering over some laws that concerns their pockets but here in the disaster area the people are suffering and dying. No wonder there are always rebels, insurgents, and separatists and still the government still don’t know why these people support them.

  • Francis81

    Nasaan na ang pinagmamayabang na tulong ni Pweenoy at ni Dinkydink Soliman?  Photo-ops lang ba yun?

    • batangsulpok

      Napanood ko sa TV na kailanngang magpalista muna bago makakuha ng relief goods kaya ang mga tao ay nanggagalaiti sa galit dahil gutom na gutom na sila, walang pagkain dumating kundi mga tao ng DSWD na kukuha muna ng listahan kung sino ang tatanggap, disaster na nga at halos ng tao ay naapektuhan pero noynoying pa rin sila.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    where is the relieve goods? the deliveries of relieve good is noynoying mabagal. jinky nasaan ka na?natutulog pa cguro.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    this administration is so different compare to GMA ADMINISTRATION DURING TIME OF CALAMITY. gma was visible in the time of calamity. hindi kayo makita .

    • disqusted0fu

       thats because the Aquino administration’s main concern are their images. they go to the disaster site, take a couple of photos for the public to see, then back to noynoying they go.

  • disqusted0fu

    all the while i thought the government was somehow doing a fair job with this catastrophe, apparently they are not. i got fooled by the photo-ops that they did! what happened to the millions of pesos they allotted for this disaster? was it also washed out by the typhoon?

  • Your_King

    Aquino is ignoring and not doing enough to help the victims which is why they have to resort to begging for food…plain and simple. If Aquino does not do anything significant soon to help these victims then the death toll wiill without a doubt rise.

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