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NDRRMC says reports on gov’t slow response to ‘Yolanda’ victims is ‘subjective’

Typhoon survivors queue up to get a chance to board a C-130 military transport plane Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport here on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies.(MNS photo)

Typhoon survivors queue up to get a chance to board a C-130 military transport plane Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport here on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies.(MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov. 14 (Mabuhay) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday described as “subjective” reports made by foreign media claiming that the Philippine government has been slow in helping the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda”.

NDRRMC executive director Eduardo Del Rosario admitted a “problem of mobility” due to the magnitude of the devastation brought by Yolanda.

“The description of slowness is subjective. We got to Tacloban aboard a C-130 on Saturday, the day after ‘Yolanda’ hit. But because of the magnitude of the destruction, we encountered problems in mobility,” he said.

“Yolanda” devastated parts of Visayas and Southern Luzon last week.

As of Thursday morning, the NDRRMC said the death toll had reached 2,357.

Del Rosario said the government needs more vehicles to deliver relief goods.

He said the police and military deployed additional trucks and vehicles to help in the delivering of relief packages to typhoon affected communities. (MNS)

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