From the log of Scott Crawford, Director of Humanitarian Assistance on the ground in the Philippines.
Most of Daan Batayan (north of Bogo City) looks post-apocalyptic; trees uprooted, tree limbs stripped of their leaves, palm trees snapped in half. Most of the non-cinderblock homes were destroyed and most of the homes in this area were non-cinderblock. Power lines lay across the streets, power is not expected to be restored until around Christmas time. Corrugated roofing material lies everywhere, twisted heaps of metal sheeting is everywhere.
On the road between Bogo City and Daan Bantayan children and the elderly beg for food from passing vehicles.
The health facilities are packed with people lying on benches and floors waiting to be seen. In Bogo City District Hospital the birthing ward has 3 women per bed. The Israeli Military has set up a MASH facility in front of the hospital and treats the overflow from the main facility. The hospital in Bogo City and the In Daan Bantayan District Hospital are in very poor condition, this certainly was the case prior to the storm and now the situation has deteriorated.
The staff in these facilities are surprisingly positive in attitude and spirit, obviously a resilient bunch from having to deal with so many tropical storms, typhoons and earthquakes, in very difficult circumstances. In the three facilities visited by the team all said they would welcome volunteer doctors and nurses and were almost surprised to see us, saying that very few charities had been by to talk with them and even fewer came back to offer any real assistance. We believe this area would be a good platform for our assistance, both short-term and longer-term. There is a sizable population, neglected so far by the NGO community and the local staff seems very interested in working with Project HOPE.
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