Traffic starts to resume in typhoon-hit Tacloban

Posted at 11/22/13 8:33 AM

Residents in the typhoon-hit Tacloban City of the Philippines are paying higher prices for long-distance bus travel as traffic in the city has partly resumed after the disaster.

Crowds of passengers were seen waiting for long-distance bus at the city's bus terminal. Ticket prices have hiked due to bus shortage and fuel price rise after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country about two weeks ago.

A lady who was taking the bus to go to the capital city of Manila said she has to pay almost two times the previous price for the bus ticket.

Microbuses in the city have also returned to the roads. But only 500 of the previous 3,000 microbuses are in normal operation after the disaster.

"The super typhoon has passed and many people died in the disaster. As the typhoon is over now, the roads have been cleared and traffic has resumed. Those dead have been transferred. But fuel has not been transported in the city," said Acdqin Pontillas, a microbus driver.

"I come from Leyte. When I come here last Monday, the bus asked me for 1,000 peso, which is much higher than before," said a passenger named Anbel.

Despite the much higher ticket prices, drivers and bus owners say they are earning much less than before due to the rising fuel price and less passengers.