Typhoon Haiyan Food Relief Slowed by Broken Logistics

In the worst-hit areas militias have blocked bridge access to request ransom payments from food truck convoys.


When disaster strikes we all reflect on how important of a role the logistics of food is around the globe. It's been seven days since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, bringing 195 mph winds and  a storm surge so big it killed thousands, displaced nearly 600,000 and affected 9.5 million people across the Philippines, according to the United Nations. Nearly 4 million of those affected are thought to be children, according to international aid organization Save the Children.

While damaged roads and airports are hampering efforts to help the thousands of residents in need of food, clean drinking water and medicine the aid and support that is starting to arrive is finding desperate survivors, a paralyzed infrastructure, widespread looting and areas where the destruction is so complete that aid workers walked for hours and didn't see a single standing building.

In the worst-hit city of Tacloban, Mayor Alfred Romualdez told Reuters the options are bleak: "The choice is to use the same truck either to distribute food or collect bodies." To read the latest, click HERE.

 

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