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Nov 26, 2013

Besieged but running: Thailand’s Finance Ministry

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Protesters are bedding down on plastic sheets in its grand reception area. Some bathe in the well-kept garden or hang laundry from its potted plants.

But Thailand’s Finance Ministry insists it still runs despite thousands of demonstrators occupying its buildings.

Nov 16, 2013

Captain without a ship – Marcos clan mayor at eye of Philippine storm

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – Minutes before a tsunami-like storm surge slammed into the Philippine coastal city of Tacloban, a tall man in a motorcycle helmet strode along the shore through ferocious typhoon winds.

Mayor Alfred Romualdez, 51, was wearing the headgear to protect against what he called a wind so strong “it would take your eyes out.” He didn’t see the wall of water coming and was lucky to survive the catastrophe that killed at least 819 people there and 3,633 across the central Philippines.

Nov 14, 2013

Aquino under pressure over typhoon aid, U.S. carrier to arrive

TACLOBAN, Philippines, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Philippine
President Benigno Aquino was under growing pressure on Thursday
to speed up the distribution of food, water and medicine to
desperate survivors of a powerful typhoon and to get paralysed
local governments functioning.

Widespread looting of rice stocks and other supplies broke
out across the central Philippines on Wednesday despite the
deployment of solders to maintain law and order.

Nov 14, 2013

Desperate Philippine typhoon survivors loot, dig up water pipes

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – Desperation gripped Philippine islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as looting turned deadly on Wednesday and survivors panicked over shortages of food, water and medicine, some digging up underground water pipes and smashing them open.

Five days after one of the strongest storms ever recorded slammed into cities and towns in the central Philippines, anger and frustration boiled over on Wednesday as essential supplies dwindled. Some survivors scrawled signs reading “Help us”.

Nov 13, 2013

Monster typhoon exposes an ill-prepared Philippines

TACLOBAN, Philippines, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Dead bodies clog
the basement of the Tacloban City Convention Centre. The dazed
evacuees in its sports hall are mostly women and children. The
men are missing.

That so few men made it to this refuge shows how dimly aware
they were of the threat posed by Typhoon Haiyan, which crashed
into the central Philippines on Friday with some of the
strongest winds ever recorded.

Nov 13, 2013

Philippine president says typhoon death toll overstated

TACLOBAN, Philippines, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Philippine
President Benigno Aquino said local officials had overstated the
death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, saying it was closer to 2,000 or
2,500 than the 10,000 previously estimated, comments that drew
scepticism from some aid workers.

The government has been overwhelmed by the typhoon, which
flattened Tacloban, coastal capital of Leyte province where
several local officials have said they feared 10,000 people
died, many drowning in a tsunami-like surge of seawater.

Nov 13, 2013

Philippine president puts typhoon death toll at 2,000 to 2,500

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan’s rampage through the Philippines is closer to 2,000 or 2,500 than the 10,000 previously estimated, President Benigno Aquino said on Tuesday as U.S. and British warships headed toward his nation to help with relief efforts.

“Ten thousand, I think, is too much,” Aquino told CNN in an interview. “There was emotional drama involved with that particular estimate.”

Nov 12, 2013

U.S., Britain sending warships to help Philippine relief efforts

TACLOBAN, Philippines, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The United States
is sending an aircraft carrier to the Philippines to help speed
up relief efforts after a typhoon killed an estimated 10,000
people in one city alone, with fears the toll could rise sharply
as rescuers reach devastated towns.

The USS George Washington aircraft carrier should arrive in
48 to 72 hours, the Pentagon said, confirming a Reuters report.

Nov 11, 2013

Philippine typhoon death toll to rise as rescuers reach remote areas

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – Rescue workers were trying to reach towns and villages in the central Philippines on Tuesday that were cut off by a powerful typhoon in an operation that could reveal the full extent of the loss of life and devastation from the disaster.

Officials in Tacloban, which bore the brunt of one of the strongest storms ever recorded when it slammed into the Philippines on Friday, have said the death toll could be 10,000 in their city alone.

Nov 11, 2013

Anger grows amid elusive aid in devastated Philippine city

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – Hung outside a shattered church in the Philippine coastal city of Tacloban, on a road flanked with uncollected corpses and canyons of debris, is a handwritten sign.

It read, “We need help!”

Relief supplies are pouring into Tacloban three days after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, turned this once-vibrant port city of 220,000 into a corpse-choked wasteland.

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      "I am Southeast Asia Special Correspondent for Reuters and winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. I have lived in and reported from Asia for 20 years. I am the author of The Trouser People, a political travelogue about Myanmar and football, and co-author of The Cult at the End of the World, about Japan’s Aum Supreme Truth Cult and high-tech terrorism."
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