Philippines typhoon Haiyan: As it happened on Tuesday

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 23:44

Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha/Sushmita Dutta

9:30 pm: India rushing 15 tonnes of relief material to typhoon-hit Philippines

India is sending 15 tonnes of relief material to the Philippines which was hit by a super typhoon in which 10,000 people have died, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.

"As a measure of support, India proposes to send immediate relief supplies to the Philippines to help those affected by the typhoon. An aircraft with 15 tonnes of relief supplies will depart for the Philippines tonight.

The material will consist of medicines and hygiene chemicals, fresh water and water purification material, tents, blankets, mattresses, tarpaulin and ground sheet for shelter; pre-cooked meals, biscuits and milk powder such that the affected persons can be provided immediately relief in terms of medical treatment, shelter and food", he said.

9:00 pm: Survivors fear violence amid chaos, gunfire

Amid the desperation and lawlessness in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the devastated city - and others like it – has descended into insecurity and violence.

8:30 pm: US, British warships sent to typhoon-hit Philippines

US and British warships were deployed to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines where well over 10,000 people are feared dead and countless survivors are begging for help in rain-soaked wastelands.

Four days after Super Typhoon Haiyan destroyed entire coastal towns in mostly poor central islands with record winds and tsunami-like waves, the magnitude of the disaster continued to build with almost unimaginable horror.

8:00 pm: Global aid response gathers pace for Philippines

The global response to the horrific typhoon disaster in the Philippines gathered pace today, with the launch of a USD 300 million appeal by the United Nations as countries and companies swung into action.

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, in Manila, praised the international community`s response to Super Typhoon Haiyan but insisted much more needed to be done to help people hit by a catastrophe her organisation fears may have already killed 10,000.

5:54 pm: UN launches USD 301 million Philippine typhoon aid appeal

The UN began an appeal for almost a third of a billion dollars in aid to help people hit by the huge typhoon that raked the Philippines last week.

"We`ve just launched an action plan focusing on the areas of food, health, sanitation, shelter, debris removal and also protection of the most vulnerable with the government and I very much hope our donors will be generous," humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told reporters in Manila.

5:00 pm: Indian PM Manmohan Singh offers help

Indian PM Manmohan Singh wrote to Philippine President Benigno Aquino expressing sadness and shock over the typhoon tragedy and promised to offer "all help to support the relief" efforts.

"The scale and severity of the death and destruction caused by the typhoon has saddened and shocked us…I write to convey to you the deepest condolences of the people of India on the catastrophe caused by Typhoon Haiyan... Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the people of the Philippines in this extraordinary moment of grief," Singh wrote to Aquino.

4:00 pm: Japan sending troops to Philippines

On request of Philippine government, Japan is sending troops from Self-Defense Forces emergency relief team to the typhoon-hit nation. Japan Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the decision to send the troops followed a request from Manila. He also said Tokyo would provide $10 million in emergency aid, reported the Reuters.

3:30 pm: It will be a long road to recovery: Red Cross

Launching an appeal for $94.6m (£59.2m) to aid typhoon-hit Filipinos, Philippine Red Cross chief Richard Gordon said, "It will be a long road to recovery.”

The Red Cross said the money will provide 100,000 families with food, clean water, shelter and other essential relief over the next 18 months, reported the Reuters.

Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the decision to send the troops followed a request from Manila. He also said Tokyo would provide $10 million in emergency aid.

3:00 pm: Philippines scenario `heartbreaking`, says UN chief

Describing the scenes in Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoon as "heartbreaking", UN Chief Ban Ki-moon urged to show solidarity with Filipinos and he added that the UN would allocate $25m (£15.5m) "to fund critical relief efforts".

The UN would launch a large-scale humanitarian plan to mobilise funds for Philippines.

2:30 pm: Philippines envoy gets tearful at UN climate change conference

As delegates from 190 countries watched on, a Philippine delegate named Yeb Sano broke down while appealing to curb global warming during UN climate change conference at Warsaw in Poland.

Linking the typhoon Haiyan catastrophe in Philippines to the climate change, the Filipino also vowed to keep fast until a “meaningful outcome is in sight.”

"Science tells us that simply, climate change will mean more intense tropical storms… What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness..We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," said Yeb Sano, head of the government`s delegation to the UN climate talks.

His emotional appeal brought tears to the eyes of others present there who also greeted the delegate`s plea by making a standing ovation.
02:00 pm: Tropical storm `Zoraida` downgraded to Low Pressure Area

According to the country`s weather bureau PAGASA, the tropical depression Zoraida, which was earlier feared to add to the typhoon damages, has now been downgraded to the status of Low Pressure Area (LPA).

Zoraida is the 25th storm to have hit the country this year and it made the landfall at 9:00 am local time in Caraga, in Davao Oriental province. All Public Storm Warning Signals are now lifted.

01:00 pm: 4.8 quake an aftershock of last month`s quake

The quake measuring 4.8 on Richter scale, that hit Bohol at 1:21 pm local time, was an aftershock following last month`s quake, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The quake didn`t cause any damages so far. Its epicentre was said to be 31 kilometers northeast of Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol, reported the Wall Street Journal.

12:30 pm: Inmates escape jail in Tacloban

Amid the chaos and turmoil, jail inmates who were demanding food, have escaped a prison in Tacloban.

Army Brig. Gen. Virgilio Espineli said that guards fired to stop the fleeing prisoners, but only some returned.

"Where will they go? What will they eat?" Espineli said.

12:00 pm: 4.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Philippines

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake was reported to have struck Philippines where people have hardly come to terms with the destruction and trauma unleashed by typhoon Haiyan.

The quake hit San Isidro in the typhoon-struck nation, reported the CNN citing the US Geological Survey.

11:00 am: UN confirms 10, 000 dead in typhoon

The whopping death toll of 10000 was confirmed by a top UN humanitarian official named John Ging. He added thaat "worst" was being expected for the final toll, which may be higher.

"We are certainly expecting the worst. As we get more and more access we find the tragedy of more and more people killed in this typhoon."

10:30 am: Destructed areas like "Black hole" for recsue agencies

With the roads blocked, bridges broken and airport badly damaged, communication and transport lines have been disrupted and this is making the job of rescue agencies a herculean task.

A medical aid agency Doctors without Borders (MSF -Médecins Sans Frontières) said that they didn`t have a clear picture of the remote areas hit by typhoon and it was like operating in a "a relative black hole of information.”

“This sort of disaster is unprecedented in the Philippines. The effect is something like a massive earthquake followed by huge floods,” said Natasha Reyes, MSF’s emergency co-ordinator in the Philippines, in a statement.

10:00 am: British warship and Boeing c-17 headed to Philippines

Britain is sending HMS Daring, which will be equipped with a device to convert sea water to drinking water, to Philippines to assist in rescue and relief work. Britain is also sending a Boeing C-17 military transport aircraft that would expedite teh transport of humanitarian aid to the typhoon-hit areas in dire need of supplies.

9:40 am: US, UK sending warships to Philippines for rescue aid

To expedite rescue operations, the US was sending an aircraft carrier USS George Washington to Philippines, which would reach there in 48-72 hours.

According to a statement, 5000 sailors and over 80 aircraft were onboard USS George Washington and crews were being recalled from Hong Kong to be on their way to the Philippines.

British Prime Minister David Cameron Britain said the UK is also sending a Navy warship with equipment to make drinking water from seawater and a military transport aircraft.

9:20 am: Philippine govt confirms 1774 dead

On early Tuesday, a government estimate put the confirmed number of dead at 1774, but officials feared that over 10, 000 may have died, reported the CNN.

9:00 am: Typhoon Haiyan causes $700mn losses in China

Typhoon Haiyan, which is one of the strongest storms ever when it Philipiines lost much strength on Monday night and reduced to a tropical storm when it reached southern China on Monday. However,it still packed gusts of 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) and rains of up to 38 centimeters (15 inches) over some parts of Guangxi province.

According to local reports by China National Radio, the storm caused up to $700 million in damage to agricultural, forestry, poultry and fishing industries there.

Having killed over 10, 000 people and ruined a considerable chunk (mainly hitting provinces of Letye and Samar) of Philippines, which is under the "state of a national calamity"; the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) headed to China late Monday, killing nine people in southern China and causing losses worth millions of dollars to farming and fishing industries, reports said.



First Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 09:20

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