Typhoon survivors returning to 'no-build' zone

Posted at 01/10/14 10:46 PM

MANILA -- Some typhoon survivors in Tacloban, Leyte have started rebuilding their homes at a designated 40-meter "no-build" zone.

Most of the houses the residents rebuilt are only made of plywood and light materials. People said they are not planning to stay there permanently.

They said they are still hoping that the local government will be able to transfer them to safer areas soon and provide them new homes.

The Tacloban city government, for its part, said it cannot prevent the residents from coming back to their homes.

But authorities said they have repeatedly reminded the people not to construct homes in the 40-meter no-build zone.

In an interview with ANC's "Top Story," Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez said residents agreed that they will immediately leave their homes once the bunkhouses have been constructed.

"Once these bunkhouses are available at hindi pa sila lumikas, they will be forced to get out of the place," Romualdez said.

But the mayor said the local government has been very careful in dealing with the issue, noting that many of the residents lost some loved ones when Yolanda struck central Philippines last November 8.

According to Romualdez, they are planning to construct around 7,000 permanent homes for the typhoon survivors within the next three years. -- With report from Jenette Ruedas, ABS-CBN News Tacloban