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article imageTyphoon Haiyan's first landfall destroys entire fishing town

By Leo Reyes     Nov 12, 2013 in Environment
Guiuan - The first in a series of landfalls of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in Phl) took its toll on the fishing town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar in central Philippines, turning the historic town into a pile of rubble with very few structures left standing.
Guiuan town has been isolated for four days following the breakdown of the facilities of utility companies that provide power, water and communication lines to the town.,
The extent of devastation in this small town of 47,00 people has remained unknown since the deadly typhoon hit the area last weekend.
Soldiers traveling with some journalists have reached the town on a chopper Monday and reported on the sad state of the town which absorbed first impact of the killer typhoon.
“It is terrifying here,” a frightened resident told an Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist who visited the town along with some soldiers.
“There are armed thieves going about. If they know that you have food stored away, they will force their way into your house and rob you at gunpoint.” To view the AFP and Inquirer report on the situation in Guiuan town, click here.
Meanwhile, relief and rescue operations are expected to improve when the Tacloban City airport starts to operate on a 24 hours basis starting Wednesday night.
A US Air Force officer told Anderson Cooper of CNN in an interview at the airport that his group have finished putting in place the equipment and gadgets necessary to enable aircrafts to make night time landing.
Incoming flights carrying relief items, equipment and machines needed in repairs and rehab works from other countries are expected to land at the airport within the week.
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. Read more:
Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy in charge of US military relief said typhoon victims in the Philippines need immediate help. "The rest of the world needs to get mobilized, the rest of the donor community," he told NBC News. "A week from now will be too late. "
As he awaits for the go signal from Pentagon earlier, he said he needs to send immediately amphibious ships, helicopters, trucks and the necessary supplies needed for relief works.
"They are the Swiss army knife of the U.S. military," Kennedy told CNN, referring to these equipment and supplies.
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