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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#41 Nov 13, 2013
WSJ:
“Catbalogan City, the capital of Samar, has seen its population of about 100,000 double because of the storm, straining resources, its mayor said.
"We had zero casualties, but we still needed to declare a state of calamity to stabilize prices," Catbalogan Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan said.
Catbalogan hasn't had electricity since the storm hit Friday, putting stress on petrol supplies. Hardware stores report a run on generators, prompting them to order more as businesses brace for an extended time without electricity.
"It's total blackout since Friday. We don't know when we will get power," said Samar Gov. Sharee Anne Tan, a sister-in-law of the mayor. "Our problems are fuel, food and security."
Prices of basic commodities have risen in Catbalogan, with residents fearing supplies will run out with the influx of people.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#42 Nov 13, 2013
In the old days they just massively parachuted food and water into an area...

Just shut your eyes, and massively flood by parachute the area with food and water...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#43 Nov 13, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
Our we heading for a police action in the Phillipines?
NYT: Jerry Sambo Yaokasin, the second-ranking official in the municipal government, said in an interview that Philippine soldiers and police officers may be stretched too thin to provide security in Tacloban even as they try to reach other coastal communities to assess damage. He suggested that foreign forces may be needed, including to provide security for gas stations to reopen.

“If the United States will come in, if it will be allowed to come, or if the United Nations can come in, it will really help us secure the city,” he said.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#44 Nov 13, 2013
The Philippines was a possession of Spain and then of the United States, and any suggestion that it needs to rely on foreign forces can be an emotional issue here. Mr. Romualdez disagreed with Mr. Yaokasin on the need for security forces from outside the Philippines.“Right now, that won’t be necessary,” he said.

The nation has one of the world’s most heavily armed civilian populations, few effective gun-control regulations and a tradition of violence being used in personal disputes.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#45 Nov 13, 2013
Come on, does anyone have a handle with the size 100,000 bags of rice. How many trucks it would take...the amount of time and people it would take to move this amount of rice.

It sounds like the rice never got there...they sold it to somebody else.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#46 Nov 13, 2013
If each bag of rice weighs 50 pounds to 100 pound per bag...we will go with 50 pound ...take the USA tractor trailer truck weight limits. Our trucks can legally carry 80,000 pounds. The kind of roads there are talking wouldn’t handle our trucks...too heavy. It would sink in the mud and destroy the roads.

At 50 pounds per bag with 100,000 bag of rice...that is "63" fully loaded USA tractor trailer trucks. Can you imagine how long it would take to load these guys. They can’t drive them off site. Where they going to hide all these trucks and “FUEL”.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#47 Nov 13, 2013
The Phillipine bags of rice we see TV looks like a 75 to 100 pound bag of rice.

It could be as high as 126 big tractor trailer trucks...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#48 Nov 13, 2013
CBS:

“It’s more like a civil war here.”
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#49 Nov 13, 2013
I don’t know, was the wall cave-in elaborately staged. Grab eight dead bodies from the flood area and then collapse the wall on top of them.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#50 Nov 13, 2013
But an NFA official said they have already distributed three million sacks of rice to the victims of the killer typhoon.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#51 Nov 14, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
Where is Benigno Aquino III?
The next story is: aid work assassinated or gunned down in Tacloban.
All aid and relief workers ordered to leave affected areas.
Maybe a well-known network anchor shot dead on TV?
Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines aid effort hampered by lawlessness

Some relief agencies scaling back in worst-hit areas due to desperate actions of Haiyan survivors and raids by bandits
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#52 Nov 20, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/world/asia/...

Analysts say the aftermath of the typhoon is a particularly jarring reminder of how badly Philippine forces have fared since the American military withdrew in the early 1990s, after negotiations over a new treaty faltered amid a passionate debate over national sovereignty. In a poor country struggling to overcome a culture of graft that has starved government budgets for years, Filipino leaders have consistently directed resources toward other priorities — in part, analysts say, because they still view the United States, a strong ally, as a safety net. The military budget itself has been pilfered by corrupt government officials under previous administrations.

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