"Isolated" Coron seeks help after Typhoon Yolanda, food supply running out for 45,000 residents

They are only subsisting on daily meals of congee mixed with noodles.

TJ Burgonio of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that food supply in tourist haven Coron, Palawan is running low after typhoon Yolanda "destroyed '85 percent' of the municipality's homes, business establishments, crops, livestock and aquaculture" when it hit the Philippines last week.

 

According to the report, Coron is now practically isolated from sources of food and other supplies after the storm damaged several boats and other vessels normally used to ferry people and goods. Mayor Clara Reyes said "there are 12,000 individuals now cooped up in evacuation centers in each of the 23 barangay (villages) and three other major evacuation centers." They are only subsisting on daily meals of congee mixed with noodles, she said.

 

Although some business establishments in the tourist destination have resumed their operations, Reyes said most of them are now relying on generators that are also at risk of running out of fuel. The mayor has appealed to the national government to send aid to Coron to help residents get back on their feet.

 

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