The Philippine branch of the Red Cross reported a
complete carnage in coastal areas after the passage of the Typhoon.
The storm ripped roofs, uprooted trees, smashed utility poles, demolished wooden houses and flooded villages.
Our situation is so desperatelaments Ferry Asuncion, a street vendor in the hard-hit town of Surigao. People need
drinking water and food.
At least 375 people have been killed, more than 500 have been injured and 56 are missing as a result of Rai’s devastating passage through the southern and central regions of the archipelago, according to national police.
More than 380,000 people fled their homes Thursday as the typhoon made landfall in the center of the country.
The storm recalled the
super typhoon Haiyan, which hit the archipelago in 2013. This cyclone, the deadliest ever recorded in the country, left more than 7,300 dead or missing.
Rai hit the Philippines late in the year, while the cyclone season typically runs from July to October.
The country has a disaster management system that warns of an approaching storm, allowing threatened populations to reach evacuation centers before it reaches the coast.
But this new typhoon is hitting a tourism sector that was already struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the islands hardest hit by Rai is Bohol – known in particular for its tarsiers, a primate present in the archipelago – where at least 94 people have died, according to provincial governor Arthur Yap, who updates his own record on his Facebook page.
Significant destruction was also recorded on the islands of Siargao, Dinagat and Mindanao, the most affected Thursday when the winds blew to 195 km / h.
The Dinagat Islands have been completely razed to the ground, sorry Sunday Jeffrey Crisostomo, press officer for the province with at least 14 dead.
A distress signal
SOS was painted on a road in the tourist town of General Luna on the island of Siargao, where surfers and vacationers had flocked before Christmas.
” There is no more water, we have a shortage of water. On the first day, there was already looting in our neighborhood. “
Communications in several parts of the affected areas were cut, making it difficult for emergency responders to assess the extent of the damage.
Electricity is also out of service, affecting water filling stations and ATMs.
Mobilization of the authorities
Thousands of military, police, coast guard and firefighters have been deployed, and food, water and medical supplies are being brought in by the coast guard. Equipment to clear roads blocked by utility poles and fallen trees has also been sent.
But some victims complained about an inadequate government response.
Nobody shows up, I don’t know where the politicians and the candidates are Levi Lisondra, a retiree from Surigao City, at the northern end of Mindanao, won the election next year.
President Rodrigo Duterte visited some affected areas on Saturday, pledging an aid fund of 2 billion pesos (about 52 million Canadian dollars).
The Philippines, ranked among the countries most exposed to climate change, is swept away each year by nearly 20 tropical storms or typhoons which generally destroy crops, homes and infrastructure in already poor regions.