Astrodome, refuge from typhoon, is now a cauldron of misery for occupants lacking food, water

  • Article by: KRISTEN GELINEAU , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 14, 2013 - 2:14 PM

TACLOBAN, Philippines — Close your eyes and hold your breath, and you could imagine you are in a normal sports stadium. You hear a ball bouncing and the children's cheers echoing under the cavernous dome.

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joe_mnNov. 14, 1311:27 AM

"survivors"? Makes it sound like 3% of folks survived the typhoon? 1000 died. City pop is 250k? That's less than 1% fatalities.

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mmhoffman57Nov. 14, 1312:47 PM

Yes Joe. A thousand deaths doesn't seem like much to you, and since they're Phillipinos who cares, right? But, once the diseases, like typhoid start working their way through the death toll will rise. BTW,they're still locating bodies. We all get worked up when our power goes out for a couple of hours after a thunderstorm. I can't imagine what these poor people are dealing with. Pray for them,open your wallet for them, but don't belittle their suffering with numbers.

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dutclinNov. 14, 13 1:11 PM

There will be significant increases to that number as they comb the wreckage. If you take a look at the photos and really think they have any clue the actual # of those who perished in the immediate time following the storm then I would like to borrow your rose-colored glasses.

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citypersonNov. 14, 13 1:27 PM

I've seen many Conservatives in Social Media complain of us sending aid. The aid may cost our taxpayers thus far 25 cents each, if that. The average costs is 10 cents per day each tax payer to feed the hungry in our country through SNAP/Food Stamps.

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larrymickNov. 14, 13 1:39 PM

joe_mn - yeah, no big deal. What's a few dead foreigners, right? My daughter was in Tacloban this past January on a volunteer teaching assignment. She received this reply on FB from one of her students: "maam my family is already...died ...my other classmate also died..i dont know what to do now.. what will i do now...i have no family...im alone already" Guess she doesn't matter and doesn't count a survivor.

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godiveNov. 14, 13 2:16 PM

Nieve americans. The assumption is that aid sent by the government will get to its intended. I have a friend that is phillipino and is part of a local phillipino group that is gathering aid. The 1st thing she said her task to do was find groups over there that are not crooked. Graft is rampant there. She said she has crooks in her own family. So before you just "let the government" help make sure the money does real good.

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sek2undrstndNov. 15, 13 9:49 AM

Doesn't this remind you of Hurricane Katrina?

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pc_4n6Nov. 15, 1311:27 AM

Leading this article with the word 'Astrodome' is inaccurate, irresponsible and sloppy. A round, covered building is now generically an astrodome? I don't care if this was AP. If so, I'd expect the Strib to re-title it.

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