2/09/2012

TROIS VILLES ... FANTOMES !

Ce que l'on peut regretter de la part de médias occidentaux, c'est de faire encore et toujours dans le sensationnel en ce qui concerne les événements qui se déroulent aux Philippines.

''Fort tremblement de terre de magnitude 6,9 aux Philippines dans la région des visayas.

La secousse qui s'est produite entre les îles de Cebu et de Negros a jeté la panique dans Cebu-City la capitale des Visayas. On déplore au moins un mort, un enfant écrasé par un mur qui s'est effondré et de nombreuses et fortes répliques, etc.


Le lendemain l'on pouvait lire : le nombre des morts est en augmentation et de fortes

répliques sont toujours ressenties ...

Puis, plus rien. Alors que, comme toujours aux Philippines, c'est souvent plusieurs jours

après une catastrophe que l'on se rend compte de l'ampleur de celle-ci.
Mais là, plus personne, plus de journalistes pour en parler. Je suis certain aujourd'hui

vendredi 10 février, quatre jours après l'événement, qu'il n'y a  plus un seul journaliste

occidental (s'il y en a jamais eu) qui se trouve dans la province du Negros Occidental,

plus précisemment dans les environs des villes de Tayasan, Jimalalud  ou de la Libertad.

Il faut dire à leur décharge que la terre tremble toujours, que les routes sont impraticables

et que de nombreux ponts sont coupés. De plus il y a une LPA, une zone de basse

pressions qui nous arrive dessus et qui va très certainement apporter de la pluie sur cette

région. La plupart des personnes décédées ou disparues ayant été victimes de

glissements de terrains et d'éboulements ...

Et pourtant, c'est là que tout se joue maintenant.

LA LIBERTAD, Negros Oriental—Tayasan, Jimalalud and La Libertad have turned into

virtual ghost towns as people refuse to go back to their homes in the coastal villages,

shaken by continued aftershocks four days after a strong earthquake struck the province.
Despite assurances of safety from authorities, many prefer to stay on higher ground.
Stores and public markets have remained closed since Monday. The power supply has

yet to be restored, while gasoline fuel are peddled in soda bottles.
“There’s nothing to buy, nothing to eat and nothing to drink,” a journalist assigned to

cover events following the earthquake told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The 6.9-magnitude earthquake failed to topple buildings when it occurred at 11:49 a.m.

on Monday. But it was the second major aftershock at 6:10 p.m., measuring magnitude

6.2, that caused the collapse of many structures.
“The aftershocks are scary. We survived the first one but the succeeding ones may be

stronger,” said Maria Bartolome, a market vendor.
Stores closed
Representative Josy Limkaichong of Negros Oriental’s first congressional district, which

includes Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad and Guihulngan City, appealed to businessmen

to open their stores in order to help address the evacuees’ needs.
La Libertad Vice Mayor Emmanuel Iway and Guihulngan Mayor Ernesto Reyes appealed

for food and water supplies for their constituents.
Both officials said that although they were grateful for the relief goods and potable water

coming from concerned sectors and individuals, these were not enough.
“We are getting a lot of help, but we don’t know how long this will last,” Reyes said.
Food, water needs
Lines in the distribution of relief goods were two kilometers long, Padilla said.
Some people, he said, had gone to Barangay (village) Poblacion from the hills where they

stayed after the earthquake, hoping to get some relief goods.
Reyes said the immediate needs were food and water, while the repair of infrastructure

facilities in the city, although necessary, would take time.
Women and men, children and elderly people lined up along the national highway in

Guihulngan with empty water containers appealing for help.
Their message was clearly written in cardboard, wooden and paper signs in the Visayan

dialect: “SOS: pagkaon kag tubig (food and water).”
Fire trucks from cities and towns in the neighboring province of Negros Occidental

brought water but many more came with empty containers.

Reyes said people had nowhere to go to buy food since the stores in his town remain

closed. Some opened to get supplies apparently for their own consumption but were

swamped by buyers.
Runaway prices
In Guihulngan, two stalls outside the collapsed public markets opened for a few hours on

Wednesday and managed to sell rice, sardines and some basic commodities. Their

supplies ran out even if these were sold at exorbitant prices.
Some were selling gasoline in soda bottles at P100 per liter. The fuel was reportedly

bought from a station in Canlaon City and resold in Guihulngan.
“But the people didn’t mind  because at least they had gasoline to buy,” said James

Padilla, a teacher at Guihulngan National High School.
Three water purifying machines from the National Development Command of the Armed

Forces of the Philippines began to operate on Thursday to help provide potable water.
There has been a severe water shortage after the quake destroyed water pipes and

disrupted supply even in artesian wells.
Guihulngan has been experiencing complete power outage, while La Libertad, Canlaon

and Vallahermoso town only have 30 percent of power supply, said Leo Acabal, general

manager of the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (Noreco I).
Acabal said he was waiting for the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines to repair its

transmission tower, which connects the geothermal plant in Palinpinon town to the

distribution line in Guihulngan.
He said he hoped all power lines would be restored Friday.

Sans vouloir faire dans le catastrophisme, c'est maintenant que ces gens auraient besoin du support des médias, afin de faire savoir qu'ils ont un impératif besoin immédiat d'eau potable et de nourriture ... pour survivre !


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