Anarchy reigns as survivors go scavenging

Anarchy reigns as survivors go scavenging
Ms Geraldine Rodriguez has been trying to get into Tacloban, the typhoon-devastated city that thousands of survivors without food, water and relief supplies are desperate to leave.

Her mother, who is in her 80s, and 17-year-old daughter are still there, said Ms Rodriguez, a reporter with the Manila Times who is worried about the situation in the provincial capital of Leyte.

"The place is descending into anarchy. The airport and area near it are relatively safe, but elsewhere, there's just anarchy," she told The Straits Times, confirming reports of widespread looting since Super Typhoon Haiyan tore into the Philippines last Friday.

Her daughter told her that looters broke into a neighbour's home and killed the neighbour for his relief supplies.

Ms Rodriguez will be flying to Tacloban today and hopes to take her mother and daughter to neighbouring Cebu. She will not be bringing any food or water because these scarce items might jeopardise her safety, she added.

More than 3,000 people swarmed Tacloban's airport when two Philippine Air Force C-130s landed just after dawn on Tuesday, according to news agency reports.

Mothers raised their babies high above their heads in the rain, hoping to gain favour and get a seat in one of the planes, Associated Press reported. But only a few hundred made it aboard.

The rest of Tacloban - and most of the two hardest-hit provinces of Leyte and Samar in central Philippines - passed another day without food, water and fresh clothing. They roamed streets still littered with countless corpses and plagued by looters.

Malls, garages, shops and homes, even those that were destroyed, have been stripped bare in the past few days.

People were seen hauling away TVs, refrigerators, Christmas trees and even a treadmill.

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