'Tacloban repairs still at Band-aid phase'

Posted at 01/13/2014 11:34 AM | Updated as of 01/13/2014 1:23 PM

TACLOBAN - Survivors of supertyphoon "Yolanda" in Tacloban City remain at the mercy of the elements as the reconstruction of houses and other vital infrastructure in Tacloban City is still at the Band-aid phase, City Administrator Tecson John Lim said Monday.

In an interview, Lim said heavy rains and floods over the weekend have started fears among Tacloban residents living in tent cities that another typhoon would hit the city.

"There is this trauma that a lot of our people have particularly those living in tent cities...A lot of people feared that another typhoon was coming in and they were really scared and we have to reassure them that it is just a low pressure area," he told Mornings@ANC.

Residents of Barangay 88 in San Jose experienced knee-high floods on Sunday, forcing residents to move their tents near the highway. In some places, two to three families live inside the tents.

Residents are now worried that the strong rains will continue to pour and that the floods will continue to rise.

Lim said reconstruction of permanent homes in Tacloban has yet to start, with many residents living in tents made of tarpaulins.

"The repairs here in Tacloban are still at Band aid phase in a sense that there (are) only a few houses that have undertaken permanent repair so it is more tarpaulins and temporary patches. This is why we say it is all band aid. Even City Hall is still on Band aid mode. With respect to the roads, all roads are passable but at certain points like like Saturday when it was raining really hard...several roads had water but were still passable," he said.

He also said some roads leading to the local dumpsite have been damaged.