International media criticize government’s response after Typhoon Yolanda; CNN’s Anderson Cooper says, "There’s no real evidenc
Malacañang vows to speed up its efforts.
Tetch Torres-Tupas of Inquirer.net reports that international media organizations have criticized the Aquino administration's "disorganized" aid operation in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), with CNN journalist Anderson Cooper describing the relief efforts in Tacloban City as a "demolition, not a construction job."
The report noted Cooper's observation in his live broadcast on CNN Wednesday (November 13) that it is still remains unclear to reporters, aid workers and survivors who is in charge of providing assistance in the city although five days have already passed since the typhoon hit Leyte's capital. "There is no real evidence of organized recovery or relief," he said.
His observation was echoed by BBC journalist Jon Donnison, who reported that "there does not seem to be an effective operation to get help to those in need." In response, Malacañang admitted responding to the disaster was a "logistics nightmare" it was poorly prepared for. But it vowed that in the coming days, the national government will speed up relief and disaster efforts in Tacloban City and in other areas severely affected by the typhoon.
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