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article imageCNN's coverage of Haiyan's aftermath triggers massive foreign aid

By Leo Reyes     Nov 12, 2013 in Environment
Tacloban - The comprehensive and continuing news coverage by CNN International of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in Phl) has triggered immediate delivery of relief goods to the victims of the deadly typhoon from local and international donors.
Filipinos hailed CNN for its continuing, comprehensive and up-to-date reporting on the aftermath of Haiyan, a super typhoon that battered central Philippines last weekend.
CNN has dispatched senior news anchors, reporters and correspondents to Tacloban City in Leyte and nearby provinces to report directly on the developments on the ground.
Some of the CNN journalists who are covering the developments in the affected areas include Anderson Cooper, Kritie Lu Stout, Paula Hancocks, Ana Coren, Ivan Watson and Andrew Stevens, among others.
Aside from donations of food, water and other relief goods, many friendly countries have made pledges of monetary aid to be used in rehabilitation of homes, roads and other vital infrastructure that were destroyed by the deadly typhoon.
The US has provided at least $20 million in immediate aid for emergency shelter, food, relief commodities, and water and sanitation.
The first US relief flight to Tacloban took off from Villamor Airbase in Manila carrying relief supplies such as bottled water, generators, a forklift and two trucks. and a contingent of Marines to help in relief works.
US State Secretary John Kerry said "the US will be providing logistical support for the distribution of relief supplies."
Aside from the initial aid, the US has also dispatched USS George Washington, an aircraft carrier which carries some 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft to help in the evacuation and relief works.
The UK has likewise set aside $16 million in monetary aid to the country and will be sending a warship capable of making drinking water from the sea and military aircraft to help in the relief efforts.
Other countries that pledged monetary aid to the Philippines include Australia ($10 million), Canada ($5 million), South Korea ($5 million) New Zealand ($1.8 million), and European Commission ($4 million). Germany, Taiwan Sweden, Denmark, Norway, UAE, Netherlands and Singapore are some of the countries that have earlier pledged donations.
While the CNN coverage has been continuing since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall last weekend, most Filipinos have turned to radio and to social media like Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on Haiyan as local TV networks would normally switch to regular programming and resume coverage only on prime time news.
Some Facebook users have criticized local TV channels for their indifference and for not giving free time to disseminate the needed information to the public on the ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government.
In the Philippines, only about 15 percent of households with televisions have cable subscriptions. While most of the households have TV sets, the rest of the people settled with free TV channels due to high cost of cable TV subscriptions.
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