Rescue & Recovery Effort Underway in the Philippines

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A general shot shows houses destroyed by the strong winds caused by typhoon Haiyan at Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte on November 9, 2013. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty)

The search for the dead and wounded is well underway in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

As the relief effort moves forward, there are questions of how to get to the starving and desperate populations clinging to survival in the coming days.

Today The Takeaway examines the on the ground efforts happening in the hardest hit areas of the Philippines with Austin Ramzy, reporter for our partner The New York Times. Ramzy is currently in Cebu City, Philippines. Orla Fagan, Humanitarian Affairs Officer with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, is in the Filipino capital of Manila. She joins the program to explain the U.N. rescue and recovery effort.


Orla Fagan and Austin Ramzy


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Jocelyn from NJ

Agree with Amy Wong-- every time reporters and announcers mispronounce Tacloban, I cringe.
Second comment: tacloban is highlighted in all the news --- and the realities are, there are other smaller towns and hamlets that have been wiped off the face of the earth that are not being reported due to totally being cut off the grid (impassable roads, etc) -- like places in Samar-- nextdoor island to Leyte. If we think Tacloban is bad, these other smaller places are so much worse off. Thirdly and most important--- there is only a small window of getting the world's attention until the next calamity or major news flash to get help by getting the stories and truth out to all of us.

I'm originally from the Metro-Manila area but living here in NJ and like a lot of Americans, one ear on the Philippine news.Thank you for highlighting the dire situation in the Philippines. Pls continue to do so.

Nov. 13 2013 10:21 AM

I'm giving money to a young lady who moved here (NJ) from the Philippines. She is supporting her family and some friends, but works as a hotel desk person, and as a restaurant server. It amazes me how hardworking this little gal is, and how much she does on her own. Her family and friends think she makes a mint, and asks her to support their initiatives, like a computer/internet cafe'. I'd rather give to someone who has direct contact and can pass money on to whoever needs it most. They certainly need help for all they have been through ~ it is a very poor country, we who have much need to share the wealth.

Nov. 12 2013 01:16 PM
Anny Wong from Dallas tx

First of all it is pronounciations. Cebu is pronounced SI BU. and tacloban is TAK KLAW BAN. Get it right. I grew up there and have been following the news

It is very good Cebu's sea and air ports are intact though the island sustained severe damage in the northern region like Bogor and bantayan. Cebu is the second major metropolitan area and center for inter island shipping. So it has the capacity to move relief goods, mobilize local health and reliefs workers, and civil society to assist.

It is regrettable that the double blow on Cebu - an earthquake last month - and now this in the Visayas (central region) occur just as the country is gaining strength in economic growth and improving in governance. While aid is needed, the inflow of money and goods also mean opportunities for corruption.

Finally in the larger regional context, where is Japan and China in providing assistance? They are battling for big power status in asia and involved in maritime territorial disputes. Again we see the USA is the great power in the region and the world not only showing force but using it to do good where and when needed.

Nov. 12 2013 12:18 PM

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