Haiyan, the devastating super typhoon that ravaged the Philippines, particularly the city of Tacloban, has killed thousands. Here are quotes from people who witnessed the storm.
Haiyan, the super typhoon, killed thousands and destroyed entire villages in the Philippines. PHOTO: Reuters
Haiyan, the devastating super typhoon that ravaged the Philippines, particularly the city of Tacloban, has killed thousands. The working estimate right now for Haiyan's causalties is 10,000, but it will be a long time before we really know the extent of the loss and destruction. Here are seven quotes from people who witnessed the storm.
Alfred Romualdez, Mayor of Tacloban, Philippines: "I have not spoken to anyone who has not lost someone, a relative close to them. We are looking for as many as we can,"
Magina Fernandez, whose home and business were destroyed by Haiyan: "Get international help to come here now -- not tomorrow, now," she said. "This is really, really like bad, bad, worse than hell, worse than hell."
Mirasol Saoyi, 27, Tacloban resident: "The huge waves came again and again, flushing us out on the street and washing away our homes....My husband tied us together, but still we got separated among the debris. I saw many people drowning, screaming and going under... I haven't found my husband."
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Benigno Aquino III, Philippines President on the lack of emergency workers responding to Haiyan: "They are necessary first responders, and too many of them were also affected and did not report for work,"
A doctor at a hospital in the Philippines, which is overflowing with victims of Haiyan, and cannot take in any more people: "We haven't anything left to help people with. We have to get supplies in immediately."
James Reynolds, a storm chaser, who weathered Haiyan in a solidly built hotel: "During the height of the storm, the scream of the wind was deafening....We could hear just thunderous crashes of debris flying through the air. At some points, you could feel the whole hotel, which was made of solid concrete, shaking."
Praveen Agrawal of the United Nations World Food Program: “The main challenges right now are related to logistics. Roads are blocked, airports are destroyed. As the UN agency leading the humanitarian community’s Logistics Cluster, WFP is working with the government to set up operational hubs and organize airlifts of essential supplies.”