Troops race to deliver aid to Philippine typhoon survivors
At least 375 people were killed and hundreds injured when Typhoon Rai pummelled the southern and central regions of the archipelago on Thursday, wiping out wooden houses, uprooting trees and knocking out power across entire islands.
“Our food is about to run out, probably in a few days or tomorrow,” Simplicia Pedrablanca, a town mayor in the Dinagat Islands, told local radio station DZBB.
More than 400,000 people were sheltering in evacuation centres or with relatives, the national disaster agency said, after their homes were damaged or destroyed by the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year.
One of the hardest-hit islands was Bohol — known for its beaches and dive spots — where at least 96 people have died, provincial Governor Arthur Yap said on Facebook.
A state of calamity has been declared on the island where people sat under umbrellas next to their empty water drums.
Yap said the province had run out of money and pleaded for President Rodrigo Duterte’s government to send funds to buy food and drinking water for desperate families.
“If you won’t send money to buy food, send soldiers and police because there will be looting here,” Yap warned during an interview with DZBB.