TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Relief operations in this typhoon-devastated region of the Philippines picked up pace Wednesday, but the minimal amounts of water, food and medical supplies reaching the hardest-hit areas were causing increasingly desperate survivors to take matters into their own hands
In the first reported deaths as a result of looting, eight people were crushed to death when a wall collapsed as they and thousands of others stormed a rice warehouse on Leyte Island, the worst-hit region by Friday's storm, said National Food Authority spokesman Rex Estoperez.
Since the storm, people have broken into homes, malls and garages, where they have stripped the shelves of food, water and other goods. Authorities have struggled to stop the looting. There have been unconfirmed reports of armed gangs involved in some instances
People desperate for food and water are turning into raging looters.. This was one of the strongest storms in recorded history. Even if they had prepped, homes close to the ocean were literally gone.
Other stories on the disaster tell of the importance of caching necessary items in different locations..
Not sure if they are allowed to own weapons there? So gangs are running free to plunder what they can grab.