|Manila media cite inept typhoon aid effort
Media reports in Philippines have highlighted criticism of the Aquino administration by international news networks over the inadequate respone following the typhoon that laid to waste vast regions and caused thousands of deaths.
Meanwhile, rotting corpses have been uncollected and the government has admitted not having enough body bags.
Philippine Daily Inquirer said in a report today that global media including CNN and UK-government funded broadcaster BBC have deplored the Aquino administration's “disorganized” aid operation.
CNN journalist Anderson Cooper in his report said what was happening in Tacloban in Leyte province was a “demolition, not a construction job.''
"There is no real evidence of organized recovery or relief,'' he said, the Philipine Daily Inquirer reports.
He also said it has been five days since the typhoon but it is still not clear who is in charge in providing assistance in the area. Fellow CNN journalist Paula Hancocks said the search and rescue never materialized.
"It is a very desperate situation, among the most desperate I've seen in covering disasters…. You would expect perhaps to see a feeding center that had been set up for 5 days after the storm. We haven't seen that, not in this area,'' Cooper reported.
BBC's Jon Donnison also reported the lack of an effective operation to assist survivors.”
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, said relief goods were reaching the city, Philipine Daily Inquirer reports.
AFP reported that cabinet secretary Rene Almendras admitted authorities had been overwhelmed by the sheer number of corpses.
"The reason the body recovery stopped is because we ran out of body bags,'' he said. "But we now have 4,000 bags. I am not saying the casualties are 4,000. We are making sure there is an oversupply.''