Tacloban City Officials Work to Curtail Looting

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Authorities in Tacloban City sought to contain looting and violence and to ensure crucial food and water reaches the remote areas where people are in danger of starving.

In downtown Tacloban, people were seen running from armed civilians who are shooting at security forces.

Violence, robbery, and looting are rampant in the affected areas because people are hungry. Tons of relief goods are coming in from different parts of the world, but distribution has been very slow.

People in the far-flung areas face death because there is no food or water.

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The victims also have to live with the stench and sight of dead bodies rotting in the sun. Residents fear the unburied dead will spread disease and more death.

'We'll Die if We Don't Leave'

Maria Moreno is one of those desperate to get out of Tacloban City. She's been waiting in the airport for two days with her 17 other family members.

"We will die here if we don't leave," she said. "Nothing is left. We lost our houses, everything."

"And it is not safe anymore. Lawless men ransack houses, and we have neighbors who were killed and raped. We don't know where to go, but we have decided to begin a new life somewhere else," Moreno added.

Moreno, who regularly watches "700 Club-Asia," asked the CBN Disaster Relief team for prayer. As they prayed for her she surrendered her life to Jesus.

The CBN team also shared their food and water with the family, not knowing how long they would have to wait for a flight out.

After several hours, a very happy Moreno revealed the whole family was getting on a flight.

"It's an answered prayer! Thank you very much. It's so hard to get a flight but they are accommodating all of us!" Moreno said. "Thank you for praying because now I feel light and my headache is gone. Thank you very much 700 Club!"

Still, tens of thousands are still trapped, desperately in need of the assistance that organizations like CBN Disaster Relief is delivering.

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Lucille Talusan

Lucille Talusan

CBN News Asia Correspondent

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