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typhoon haiyan
November 13, 2013

Typhoon Aid


Scott: We are first checking in with Shelby Holliday with the latest out of the Philippines.

Shelby: Super Typhoon Haiyan was one of the worst storms ever recorded, and it could be the deadliest the Philippines has ever seen. But for those who lived through Haiyan, surviving the typhoon was just the beginning.

Fourteen-year-old Silvino Navarro is a survivor of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Silvino Navarro: I thought that I would not be living anymore. I thought that I would die.

Shelby: Now he and his family are among those struggling to survive the aftermath.

Silvino: It’s more like survival of the fittest here.

Ruben Manatad: We cannot survive here in Tacloban; no food. If you have money, you cannot buy anything. And it seems there is chaos. So, for your safety, you have to evacuate and go to safer areas, a safer place.

Shelby: Like hundreds of others, Silvino’s family is desperately trying to get on a military flight to another island where there is food, water and safety. But the lines are long and people here are losing patience.

Saleha Bandatatan: I cannot believe that I’m still alive. But I don’t know if I’ll still be alive because no food and we don’t know. No communication. We don’t know what is happening, what is the weather forecast in the region, no electricity, nothing.

Shelby: We are here at the airport in Tacloban – if you can call it an airport. There is barely anything left here, but there are hundreds of survivors just waiting for a flight out of here. And as you can see behind me, they are all crowding around. And when planes pull up, they are sprinting. It is just a race for survival, a race to get somewhere safe.

Almost a week after the storm, aid is slow to arrive. And even though relief groups are doing their best, they face many challenges delivering supplies.

Lourdes Tiglao: The roads are just torn up. So the only way to really get to some of the locations that we need is really by air. That’s probably the most efficient.

Shelby: This is what is left of homes, buildings, personal belongings. There are even a couple cars back here in the background. Officials say the storm wiped out 70 – 80% of the structures in its path when it swept through the area. And those who lived through it say it was unlike anything they have ever seen.

Ruben: I am now 57 year old. I have experienced worse typhoons in my life, but this is the worst so far.

Shelby: How so? What makes it the worst?

Ruben: The worst is, number one, the scale of destruction; Number two, the presence of the government, that they cannot anymore control the people. That is the worst.

Shelby: Even in a region famous for earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical storms, Typhoon Haiyan was a natural disaster of epic proportions. About 2,000 are feared dead, more than 800,000 have lost their homes, and an estimated 2 million people need food.

Shelby: How critical is aid right now?

Lourdes: It is extremely, extremely critical. One of the big things with disaster relief is that time is of the essence.

Ruben: Our short-term objective is to get out of Tacloban. And then from there, we will see.

Silvino: We are planning to go to Manila or to Cebu because crime is very rampant here in Tacloban anymore.

Shelby: For more on the aftermath of the storm and the ongoing relief efforts here, head over to


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