Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Law and order prevailing in Philippine typhoon chaos
by Staff Writers
Tacloban, Philippines (AFP) Nov 15, 2013

Fears that the dire situation among desperate typhoon survivors in the Philippines would tip into violence receded Friday, as relief operations scaled up and a reinforced police presence deterred looters.

At Tacloban airport, which had witnessed frenzied scenes earlier in the week as crowds fought for a seat on any plane leaving the devastated city, a semblance of order had been restored.

"Things are looking very different here than they were when we arrived," said Captain Jon Shamess of the US Airforce's 320th Special Tactics Squadron, which had flown in from Okinawa on Tuesday to help secure the airport.

"Before, as soon as a plane landed, people were all rushing towards it trying to get on, which is obviously a very dangerous situation," Shamess said.

There were still thousands of people desperate to get out, but most stood patiently, waiting their turn.

In Tacloban city the police deployment had swelled to around 1,200 on Friday, with reinforcements flown in from Manila, according to Wilben Mayor, spokesman for the Philippines national police chief.

"There was some looting but that has been contained now," Mayor told AFP.

"We're still very alert to the security situation, but our focus is switching from crime prevention to supporting the relief effort," he added.

A strict dusk-to-dawn curfew has been in force in Tacloban since Monday night.

Isolated shooting incidents in the immediate aftermath of last Friday's super typhoon had fuelled concerns of a breakdown in law and order as survivors struggled to survive without food, water or electricity.

Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez dismissed these as acts of "petty crime" that were only to be expected given the disaster that stuck the once bustling city of 220,000 people.

They were clear signs that some shops had been emptied for reasons other than mere survival, with people seen hawking canned goods, cigarettes and detergent powder on the sides of the street in one Tacloban district.

But Patrick Fuller, Asia-Pacific spokesman for the Red Cross, which has teams on the ground in Tacloban and other storm-devastated areas, said initial reports of looming anarchy had been overblown.

"We have to recognise the difference between ordinary, very desperate people in Tacloban looting local food stores as their last resort, and armed bandits," Fuller said.

"I don't think the security concerns are as bad as has been described in some media reports," Fuller said.

Helping stabilise the situation was the arrival of the US aircraft carrier, USS George Washington, which began flying in urgently needed aid to towns worst-hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

"But it's not just about food, it's about opening access to remote areas," Fuller cautioned.

Philippine military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said 15,000 troops had been deployed in storm-struck areas and that there had been no repeat of an attack Tuesday by communist insurgents on a convoy carrying aid to Tacloban.

"Our main problem is not so much security as logistics," Zagala said.

"We need to clear roads so that we can improve distribution and get the aid to remote areas," he added.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

US carrier spearheads Philippine relief effort
Aboard Uss George Washington, Philippines (AFP) Nov 15, 2013
US Navy helicopters and planes Friday launched non-stop aid flights to desperate survivors of a super typhoon in the Philippines that killed thousands, igniting a global relief effort criticised for being too slow. On the USS George Washington a continuous stream of helicopters landed and took off from the huge carrier as they shuttled supplies to the devastated city of Tacloban and remote v ... read more

Japan sending almost 1,200 troops to typhoon-hit Philippines

Law and order prevailing in Philippine typhoon chaos

Aquino asserts control over typhoon relief effort

China ready to send medical teams to Philippines

Czech gold deposits make foreign prospectors drool

Protection Of Materials And Structures From Space Environment at ICPMSE 11

Snap to attention: Polymers that react and move to light

Altering surface textures in 'counterintuitive manner' may lead to cooling efficiency gains

Largest lake in Britain and Ireland has lost three-quarters of winter water birds

Scottish fishermen dispute call to keep North Sea cod off menus

VC predicts the motion of the ocean

Discovery of 'missing heat' prompts new estimates of global warming

Protests as Greenpeace activists mark two months in detention

Russia grants bail to first Greenpeace activist

Iceberg the size of Manhattan could threaten shipping: study

Netherlands: 'Not enough time' to stop Greenpeace's arctic activists

Chinese buyer snaps up vintage wine at French auction

Angry French farmers to 'blockade' Paris

Uruguay to bar foreigners buying land

South Korea's growing 'kimchi deficit'

Powerful quake strikes far south Atlantic: USGS

Six dead in Vietnam floods: officials

Sardinia flash floods leave nine dead

Rare downpours and floods hit Saudi capital

Chinese candidate a Shanghai surprise in Mali polls

Nigerian troops claim nine Boko Haram members killed

Algeria only NAfrica state to block rights visits: HRW

Five killed in Sudan friendly-fire shooting: army

China one-child law change small but crucial: experts

Dogs likely originated in Europe more than 18,000 years ago

China one-child law change small but crucial: experts

China eases one child rule, ends re-education in reform package

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement