|My colleague and I preparing |
Plan’s commodities for distribution.
Aid is now getting in. I spent Sunday at the airport with Plan’s Emergency Response Team loading supplies for delivery and distribution. There were dozens of C-130 flights from the U.S. military and the militaries of Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and others. Most carried relief commodities, people to carry out aid work, or both.
Plan staff in Tacloban is working and sleeping in the office, which itself was flooded and suffered storm damage. In the male staff room, six of us slept on the floor. Many of the local area staff were themselves impacted, suffering losses during Haiyan. Still, here they were working.
|A Plan-trained Emergency Response Team volunteer|
hands this mother and her child water and hygiene kits.
Working with village level Emergency Response Team members trained through a Plan Disaster Risk Reduction program in the Eastern Visayas, we stored the remaining stock in the World Food Programme Mobile Storage Unit on the airport grounds for distribution in other nearby impacted areas.
On Sunday night, we were loaded onto a C-130 along with well over 150 others, mostly Filipinos evacuating from Tacloban. Some people seemed relieved, other apprehensive. Many just seemed shell-shocked or numb, heading into an uncertain future.