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November 12th, 2013
10:55 PM ET

American missionary survives Typhoon Haiyan: "They need help now… not in a few days"

John Wynn is an American missionary who was in Tacloban when the typhoon hit. He and his family survived the storm and reached safety near Manila. He spoke to Anderson about the city and people he left behind.

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  1. Czar

    Lapses on evacuation plan !! they should have evacuated people in places where there are lower storm signal , not on the same place where signal number 4 is heading, My God its so simple, they could have used the all Govt. resources for a force evacuation. It is so embarrassing that, we are left behind by foreign countries in helping our devastated countrymen. OMG, we are so near and yet so very very far !!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
  2. Jimmy Cuaycong

    Greetings! Please, tell Anderson Cooper...to look for that tiny Island Homonhon with the population of two to three thousand....the first hardest hit by the killer storm Yolanda....It's located right in front of the Leyte Gulp...They are crying for help and there's no foods, no water, and no communications at all...No one mention it in the news so far...I wish i could post the map. Just tell Anderson to ask for it...including the map.

    One more thing guys...I would suggest that the crew team will also look for that 140 ton Power Generator...that the government ordered it from Russia...It's now in Mactan Airport...According to his allies it is intended for the Tacloban storm victims....It seems that it is intended to power up the old Bataan Nukes...created by Pres. Ferdinand Marcos...then it was closed by Pres. Cory Aquino....Now the son Pres. Noynoy Aquino...wants to revive it again so he could loan more dollars overseas. Pres. Benigno Aquino III...went to Korea just recently to buy 6 or 9 Jetfighters but I don't know yet if it was push through....The Chinese President...told the Korean government..NOT..to sell the Jetfighters.....Pres. Benigno Aquino III has a secret agenda of his own.

    In Tacloban alone..you cannot expect any LGU or Police in the area because all of them were wiped out by the 'Storm Surge'.......The very reason why most of the people in the Area did not evacuate 'coz they don't know the meaning of "Storm Surge".....Even the News anchor Korina Sanchez doesn't know the meaning of it...including anchorman Ted Faillon.....If it is announce in their own dialect...in Cebuano...then the people would understand it and leave.

    GOD BLESS YOU GUYS AND MORE POWER!

    November 13, 2013 at 10:01 am |
  3. Tony Montante

    There is no words to describe the political system in the Philippines,we are working to be number one corrupt country .

    November 13, 2013 at 9:34 am |
  4. Tony Montante

    Don't ask why the President is very slow in helping in Tacloban ,the answer is very simple ,his dad was killed by the Marcoses it is a personal vendetta against them.Imelda Romualdez Marcos is from Leyte, Pnoy sister controls the media Kris Aquino.

    November 13, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • Yen Go

      i agree. all of us from tacloban and all of leyte has the same sentiments. pnoy just criticized tacloban for such tragedy. im just disappointed of what a president he is..

      November 16, 2013 at 2:43 am |
  5. Anne Hall

    THIS IS A PLEA. PLEASE COVER HERNANI, EASTERN SAMAR where the first landfall happened. My 87 years old grandfather is there together with other survivors. THEY HAVE BEEN HUNGRY FOR 5 DAYS. NO RELIEF GOODS ON SIGHT. SOME SMALL ISLANDS NEAR HERNANI HAVE BEEN TOTALLY WASHED OFF, ZERO SURVIVORS. PLEASE MR.COOPER. WE BEG YOU. PLEASE.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:33 am |
    • Yen Go

      i have heard from a co-passenger and my brothers professor who lived near HERNANI that 90% of the community and the municipality has been washed off and 60% of its total population died and still not found.. Still she was proud that the survivors, hand in hand, helped in disposing (mass grave) the bodies of dead people on its 1st day and was clear by the next day.. i hope by now food and water reached them..

      November 16, 2013 at 2:47 am |
  6. Cesar Zamora

    I hope this message reach Anderson Cooper and everyone else who are trying to help the victims.
    -–
    I am concerned whether all those wonderful donations not just from China but from everyone else around the world, WILL REACH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED.. THE ACTUAL VICTIMS. Sadly, corruption is prevalent in the Philippines and it's impossible to think that our government will not keep some, IF NOT MOST, of those monetary aids, in their own bank accounts. If you Google "PDAF" or "pork barrel", you will know what I mean. If those actual, AUDITED government funds go into corrupt politicians and their bogus allies like JANET NAPOLES (Google her and you'll know), then what more are these donations?

    Although I believe that some agencies or NGO's spend whatever funds they will acquire for the benefit of the victims, I'd rather propose to all those who will make MONETARY donations directly to the "Philippine Government" (notice the quotes) – to please help the Filipino people ensure that those money do not go to the bad guys.

    To everyone who pledged their donations, THANK YOU.
    Again, it's not about HOW MUCH you've given but it's on ENSURING that your donations will reach the victims. The Filipinos have been fooled by our politicians so many times. YOU CAN HELP US IF YOU MAKE AN AUDIT OF YOUR DONATIONS AND BE VIGILANT OF HOW OUR GOVERNMENT HANDLES THIS CATASTROPHE.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:13 am |
  7. Luis P.

    Is there a way to suggest to the Philippine government to (if they have not done so yet) used their navy and coast guard assets to bring greater quantities of relief and medical goods to the stricken areas, especially to the hard to reach stricken coastal towns? They could also consider using the WWll LSTs to evacuate more people from Tacloban.

    November 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm |

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