MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – On Wednesday, November 13, the private company operating the country’s power transmission system announced it will take them up to 6 weeks to restore power in areas badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Christmas, for sure, will lack the traditional revelry in the towns and cities devastated, if not wiped out, by the typhoon.
Yolanda struck the Philippines on Friday, November 8, killing thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands more in Visayas provinces.
Yolanda flattened homes and buildings, toppled power and communication lines and destroyed roads and bridges.
On Saturday afternoon, November 9, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said it is already possible to travel by land from Metro Manila to Tacloban City, which took the worst blow from the typhoon.
The route involves travelling first to Sorsogon, taking a roll on/roll off (RoRo) ferry to Samar, and from there traveling to Tacloban by land via the San Juanico Bridge.
The NDRRMC reported that as of November 13, all CAAP-controlled airports are already operational. It clarified, however that, to date, operations in Tacloban airport are still limited.
The NDRRMC also reported that as of 6 pm of November 13, all roads and bridges previously affected by Yolanda are already passable.
Opening up the various transport routes and restoring power are crucial to facilitate and speed up the flow of aid to affected provinces.
If you are living in or have been to these provinces after the storm struck, help us keep track of power restoration and road and bridge repairs through the map above.
How to make a direct report on the map:
- Click on the button to open the reporting form.
- Choose what you want to report: status of power or roads and bridges in a particular area.
- Provide the complete details, including the exact location and short description of the report.
- You may also want to provide your contact details so Rappler or its volunteer mappers can verify the report.
- Click on submit to send the report to Rappler. It will be mapped instantly. Refresh your page to view it.
Visit rappler.com/typhoon-yolanda for the latest updates on Typhoon Yolanda.
Want to help? Read these:
- #ReliefPH: Victims of Typhoon Yolanda need your help
- #YolandaPH (Haiyan): Filipinos worldwide heed call to action
- Why Paypal may lock Haiyan relief accounts
- Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan): Aid, donations for international community
Other ways to help out:
- #YolandaPH Person Finder: Looking for friends, relative in affected areas?
- Help map cell signals in areas affected by Yolanda