Typhoon aid operation still feels improvised

Seven days on and the aid operation still feels a bit improvised at this stage.

There is a lot of aid stockpiled at the airport, but there are not a lot of trucks. You would expect a whole line of trucks being loaded up and coming in.

A ship that has been washed ashore in Tacloban, Philippines
A ship that has been washed ashore in Tacloban, Philippines Credit: REUTERS/Bobby Yip

But there are signs of recovery. The roads are being cleared. The mobile phone network is working in some cases. There is a sense of life returning a little bit.

Catholic priest Father Martin stands in the destroyed Metropolitan Cathedral in the central Philippine city of Palo
Catholic priest Father Martin stands in the destroyed Metropolitan Cathedral in the central Philippine city of Palo Credit: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Part of the problem is that anyone with any money or power or connections has left this place, and parts of it are starting to look like a deserted city.

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