Reporting on the ground in the Philippines

At least 2,300 people are reported dead following the onslaught of Haiyan, the super typhoon that swept through the Philippines Friday.

As more media outlets deploy reporters to the scene, the scale of the devastation in Leyte and Samar provinces is coming into sharper focus. Help is slowly arriving, but many remain without food, water and medical supplies, journalists and aid organizations report.

We’re monitoring the social media posts of reporters, bloggers and aid officials on the ground in the hard-hit regions. Add your suggestions for others to follow in the comments below.

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  • danbloom

    in the Philippines the storm is not called HAIYAN, sea sparrow in Chinese, its official intl name from weather people, but instead it is called YOLANDA, a local name that Manila uses for all storms that come their way, each story is called local name, a long list for 2013. see above: news story?

  • danbloom

    Scott Huler is the SCI AM author re typo above

  • danbloom

    cott Huler at Scientific American did a piece on the SciAm blog asking why Yolanda was called Yolanda and he did an UPDATE: ”Excellent readers have answered all [my earlier] questions. For one thing, the very kind Dan Bloom advised that PAGASA, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, maintains the Philippine Tropical Cyclone Names list. You can see Yolanda is on the 2013 list, so it all makes sense. The international organizations ascribe names, but individual countries can use their own names as well, which accounts for Haiyan/Yolanda. ”
    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2013/11/14/typhoon-yolanda/