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Amid the seemingly slow pace of relief operations in areas hit by typhoon Yolanda, an Air Force pilot decided to fly some goods without orders and drop them off at Tanauan. Photographer John Chua on Thursday posted images of a Philippine Air Force helicopter delivering rice to areas that have yet to be reached by coordinated government efforts.

“With no one in charge, one pilot decided ‘I want bring these relief goods and just drop them…’ Chua said. “We went to Tanauan and he saw an open space. The helicopter landed and I got off to take picture of the crew unloading the relief goods. All of a sudden hundreds of people just appeared and came rushing toward us,” he added.

Soon a “maddening crowd” came rushing to the landing area in an attempt to get hold of the relief goods. “The crowd just came in fast. We were emotionally wreck watching a hundred people would be fighting over 10 sacks of relief goods; only the fittest will win,” Chua said. “We need to help our brothers and sisters during times like this.”

The helicopter relief effort came as government and private organizations struggled to send relief goods to worst-hit areas. Survivors have meanwhile been driven to madness after days without food and water. Survivors had reportedly looted supermarkets in Tacloban City, which was flattened by storm surges at the height of the monster typhoon. (Kim Arveen Patria)

That pilot deserves some recognition.

BTW, there are pictures at the link. and the third picture is heart breaking.





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