Thursday 26 May 2016

Video: Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda living on dirty drainwater before Goal aid arrives

Published 15/11/2013 | 17:41

An aerial view shows damaged houses, as residents wave for help after Typhoon Haiyan hit a village in Panay island, in northern Iloilo Province, central Philippines
An aerial view shows damaged houses, as residents wave for help after Typhoon Haiyan hit a village in Panay island, in northern Iloilo Province, central Philippines
A mother and her distraught son wait at Tacloban airport for a plane to airlift them to the capital
Filipino firemen unload body bags at a mass burial site in the typhoon-hit city
Homeless children in Tacloban in the Philippines wait for the first aid to arrive last week
A little girl waits to be airlifted to Manila with her relatives

The people on the island of Panay were living on coconuts and dirty drain water before Goal's aid arrived.

Over 60,000 people are homeless here and by day seven no help had arrived for them. It's just another example of the large volumes of people whose lives were destroyed by Yolanda.

About 130 people have been confirmed dead in this town. The smell of decomposing bodies fills the streets in 30 plus degrees as relatives cannot afford to embalm the corpses but others have been buried in shallow graves.

Goal distributed nearly 3,000 care packages here today which contained a blanket, paracetamol, water, rice and tinned goods. Goal has received close to €100,000 in donations from the Irish public so far.

The typhoon hit here at 4.30am and ravaged the town for 10 full hours as roofs flew through the sky and huge trees collapsed around the locals in the dark.

With very little help and depleting supplies the resilient people of the town have already began to clear the roads of debris and rebuilding their homes with fallen trees.

By Joyce Feegan

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