Brighton’s Reaction to Typhoon Haiyan

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With a reported 10,000 people killed in Typhoon Haiyan, including some Britons, £13 million of aid from the UK and other countries are currently reaching the most remote areas affected.

Ten days after the typhoon hit the Philippine islands, with Leyte and Cebu being the worst hit, millions are still without food, water or shelter and with the race to stop the spread of disease; millions of aid are being poured into the islands from around the world.

As more information and images constantly come in from the Philippines, Brighton Lite asks what the people of Brighton thought of the devastation.

“I thought it was terrible” Teresa Neal from Sutton Park Road, Seaford said. “Maybe if they were more prepared with aid and had surrounding countries supporting them it could’ve helped.”

Winds of up to 269 km were recorded, crossing through the heart of the Philippine islands, resulting in 10 million people needing basic food, water and shelter.

The reaction from Debbie Herczeg from Hoddern Avenue, Peacehaven was “Terrible. We’ve got friends whose family are out there, they haven’t had any problems but they’ve said it’s just catastrophic out there.”

Debbie reiterates’ the opinion of most people giving money towards aid, “I just hope the aid is getting out there. You hear about when you give aid to foreign countries there’s a whole different regime out there, you hope it gets there.”

As people affected by the Typhoon are fighting for their lives everyday, with a constant battle against diseases and finding food, Nicholas Digby from Waterloo Street in Hove explains his opinion on the subject.

“They’re living on a day to day basis not knowing what’s going to happen. Nobody knows what is going to happen to them. It’s a terrible situation that those people are facing. What do you do, typhoons are unpredictable”

Interestingly, Nicholas highlights what could be learnt from this typhoon that could help future natural disasters, “It all depends on how much information is taken in by the people here and what difference it makes.”

“I suppose over in the Philippines, things like cholera are still pretty relevant and typhoid as well, it’s all very difficult. It’s not just the devastation of losing loved ones, people just have nothing to do and rebuilding their lives, finding food.. I mean where do they bury their dead…. it’s a very difficult and uncertain future.”

As the people are still receiving aid and the clear up operation begins, it’s proving to be long and difficult task for the Philippine people.

Rhiannon Pulling

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