Post-‘Yolanda’ cleanup in Tacloban more than halfway done

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Nov. 22 (PNA) — The work to clear this city of debris brought by super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), is finally more than halfway done.

City administrator John Tecson Lim told an inter-agency meeting here Friday that the clearing operations were 50.23 percent complete as of 10 p.m. Thursday.

Tacloban City is one of the areas hit hardest by Yolanda, one of the most powerful cyclones in recent history, and which has left more than 4,000 dead.

But in past days, it has gradually resumed daily activities, with businesses reopening and banks resuming transactions.

On Friday, the Department of Trade and Industry opened a “Diskwento Caravan” for residents to buy basic goods at lower prices.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection said it continues flushing operations in up to 30 villages and in evacuation centers.

It said some 10 to 12 fire trucks are being used for the daily operations, using about 100,000 liters of fuel a day. (PNA)