Philippine president declares state of national calamity after typhoon

A surivor walks among the debris of houses destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013. The United States, Australia and the United Nations mobilised emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan emerged on November 11. Photo: AFP

(SOURCE) President Benigno Aquino III on Monday declared a state of national calamity following the devastation caused by super typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan — called Typhoon Yolanda by Filipinos) in the Philippines.

Aquino made the announcement during a televised message on Monday night, a day after coming back from his visit to typhoon-hit Tacloban.

In a national address delivered on prime time television on Monday, November 11, Aquino said, “We declare a state of national calamity “to hasten the action of the government to rescue, provide help, and rehabilitate the provinces affected by Yolanda.”

“This is important not just to control prices of primary products and services needed by our countrymen, but also to avoid overpricing and hoarding of important goods,” he said.

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