TACLOBAN, Philippines - As anarchy spread across a Philippine city demolished by one of the world's strongest typhoons, a 13-year-old boy holding a toy car and walking alone at night was slashed across the neck and stabbed in the stomach.
Jonathan Salayco said he was on the debris-strewn streets of disaster-hit Tacloban when two men he did not know pounced late Tuesday, attacking him with a knife before disappearing without a trace.
"He was still holding his toy car," said Mina Joset, a Red Cross nurse at Tacloban hospital where Salayco was brought in on Wednesday morning.
Residents of Leyte's ruined provincial capital - where bodies still line roads - are living in fear after looters ran wild in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, on Friday.
The category five storm killed hundreds or possibly thousands in Tacloban, flattening buildings and cutting off power, water, electricity and communications. Authorities there are struggling to deliver much-needed food and medical supplies to an increasingly desperate population.
Salayco had a slit throat and stab wound in his stomach, according to Joset, but due to a lack of medical supplies at the overwhelmed hospital doctors could only temporarily dress his wounds.
"For a boy like him, this is a serious injury," the nurse said.
Fortunately for Salayco, officials were able to get him on a military helicopter which took him to a hospital on another island for further treatment.
Famished and destitute survivors desperately searched for food following the storm, some resorting to looting. Others took advantage of the post-disaster chaos to steal not only food and water but also consumer items from televisions to toys.