“I cannot use a truck to collect cadavers in the morning and then use it to distribute relief goods in the afternoon,” he added.
City officials estimate that they have collected 2,000 bodies, but say many more need to be retrieved. The UN fears that 10,000 people may have died in Tacloban city alone, but Philippine President Benigno Aquino has described that figure as “too much.”
The WHO says there are significant injuries that need to be dealt with — open wounds that can easily become infected in the sweltering tropical heat. Experts warn that a reliable supply of clean drinking water is vital if survivors are not to fall victim to diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and death, especially in small children.