The governor of the province of the Philippines today sounded the alarm bell as Hurricane Rai has caused great destruction on his island, which left the inhabitants without drinking water and without food.
Arthur Jaap, the governor of Bohol, stressed that the island has no money and called on the government of President Rodrigo Duterte to send funds to distribute drinking water and food to the affected families.
“If you do not send money to buy food, send soldiers and police because we will have looting over here,” Mr. Yap warned in an interview with DZBB radio.
As other parts of the country prepare to celebrate Christmas, his own province “is in a state of (Yolanda hit)”, he added, using the name in the Philippines of Hurricane Haiyan, the deadliest to hit the country. in 2013.
The Philippine Army has today raced through time to distribute water and food to the islands where Rai caused extensive damage. The death toll is still estimated at 375, with hundreds of thousands left homeless.
Thousands of soldiers, police and port guards have been deployed to the affected areas to distribute food, water and medicine to survivors who are unable to find basic necessities.
“I have ordered (…) to deploy all available means – ships, boats, aircraft, trucks – to distribute aid to the affected areas,” Defense Minister Delphine Lorenzana said Monday.
Construction machinery and other means have been sent to open closed roads.
More than 400,000 people have taken refuge in designated centers or relatives’ homes, according to the Disaster Management Agency, after their own homes were damaged or completely destroyed by the strongest hurricane in recent years in the archipelago.