After a deadly typhoon Haiyan left at least 10,000 dead, an almost complete breakdown of law and order has struck Tacloban city, Philippines.
Three days after Haiyan roared across a huge swathe of the central Philippines, there is still no word from tens of thousands of people living on the islands that bore the full brunt of the typhoon’s fury.
Very little assistance had reached the city, residents reported. Some took food, water and consumer goods from abandoned shops, malls and homes. Aid convoys are being raided and shops stripped of everything remaining on their shelves by starving survivors, reports local media.
“Some people are losing their minds from hunger or from losing their families,” said Andrew Pomeda, a teacher, in Tacloban. As locals take to the streets with guns, there is speculation that President Benigno Aquino may have to declare martial law.