Too slow is the aid sent to the survivors of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and help in many areas has not yet arrived. Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, hopes that in the next 48 hours intervention will be more timely.
“The situation is frightening,” said Amos, “Those who have managed to leave have done so, many others are trying. People are in desperate need of help, and now we have to give them assistance. We have abandoned them. There are still areas that we have not been able to reach where the inhabitants are in despair.”
The victim count continues. They are not 10 thousand, as reported by the UN at first, but according to reports from the National Council for risk reduction and disaster management, the dead would be 2,357 , 3,804 wounded, 79 missing people. President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines said that the dead could get closer to 2,500.
According to a United Nations estimate, 11 million people have been affected and the conditions are particularly critical in the city of Tacloban, where hundreds of injured people seeking assistance are bring attended to in a medical emergency center has been set up in the airport.
Erika Sciarra.


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