Manila, capital of the Philippine islands in the south Pacific, is suffering an acute shortage of food and water following devastation by killer Typhoon Patsy.
Manila, capital of the Philippine islands in the south Pacific, is suffering an acute shortage of food and water following devastation by killer Typhoon Patsy. The third storm to hit the Philippines in two months, Patsy killed and injured a thousand people and left a quarter of a million homeless.
The shortage of food and water has caused fears of an epidemic, and President Ferdinand Marcos has urged people to leave the capital until the fear of plague has passed.
Manila has been without water since electricity supplies to power stations were cut off at the height of the typhoon on Thursday (November the 19th), and food is scarce with prices rising. Power to many homes -- those left standing -- is also cut off.
The 125-mile-per-hour typhoon killed nearly 100 people, and injured over 900. The official death toll is still rising. Communications with outlying villages which bore the brunt of Patsy's rage are poor. President Marcos, who has said water pumps may be out of action for a month -- increasing the possibility of a killer epidemic -- has declared the Manila area a state of calamity. He warned that profiteers and hoarders would be arrested, and has proclaimed a three-day weekend and shorter working hours for all government employees so they can look after their damaged homes.
The typhoon also ripped down ceremonial arches set up to welcome Pope Paul on his coming visit to the Philippines and the Far East.
The previous two storms to batter the islands left a trial devastation and more than 1,200 people dead.