Conditions at evacuee centers ‘deplorable’

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A group working with survivors of Typhoon Yolanda deplored the conditions at the evacuation centers in Tacloban City.

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The People Surge Alliance for Yolanda survivors raised concerns from residents while it was conducting an information drive in Tacloban. Among the concerns were the demolition of vendors’ shelters and the lack of prepositioned water, food and other goods in evacuation centers.

“Thousands of families in Eastern Visayas have evacuated to schools and other evacuation centers the soonest they can, but not one of the evacuation centers we monitored during our information drive across Tacloban had food or water for the evacuees,” Dr. Efleda Bautista, the group’s chairperson, said.

“The Department of Social Welfare and Development said they have prepared 200,000 prepositioned family packs, will they let these just rot again? The government should be ensuring that minimum humanitarian standards are met even in evacuation centers, which is also mandated by law,” Bautista said.

The People Surge said it visited evacuation centers at the Leyte Normal University, Eastern Visayas State University, Rizal Central School, Leyte National High School, Sto. Nino SPED Center, and the DepEd Tacloban City Division Office.

They also monitored facilities declared unsafe by nongovernment organizations and authorities where evacuees still sought refuge, such as Panalaron Central School.

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