Readiness in Times of Crises
But, in the wake of Yolanda, very little information could be obtained, with communication down and vast areas of Central Visayas inaccessible to government and other relief agencies.
Thus, as early as the day after Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines, on November 9, 2013, ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya tapped the services of INAEC Aviation Corporation (INAEC), to provide air support missions to typhoon-hit areas.
INAEC’s response was immediate. INAEC deployed its helicopters to conduct aerial surveys of the affected provinces, such as Leyte and Samar. From this exercise emerged vivid images of widespread chaos and absolute destruction, of communities totally wiped out by floods, of houses utterly destroyed, of impassable roads, of traumatized people walking en masse not knowing where to go, of a massive ship that was washed ashore. Only then was the entire nation given a glimpse of the extent of the crisis it was facing.
INAEC’s work did not end there. It had in fact just begun.
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