Typhoon Haiyan: Destruction in the Philippines 颱風海燕重創菲律賓

更新時間 2013年 11月 15日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間10:22
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(11月11日的報道)官方估計在獨魯萬市和菲律賓其它受強颱風「海燕」襲擊的地區死亡人數為 1萬人。沒有食品、帳篷避難所和乾淨的引用水,生存者接下來的生活還很艱難。以下是 Jon Donnison 給 BBC 發來的報道

Tacloban has been flattened. Driving down the main high street, hardly a single building is left standing. People say this town was hit by a wall of water when the typhoon struck on Friday.

There's the stench of rotting corpses. Driving in from the airport we saw scores of bodies lying by the roadside. For three days they have been there – nobody to bury them. People are desperate for food, clean water and shelter. At the badly battered airport, a makeshift hospital has been set up. We saw two young women giving birth, laid out among the debris.

Aid is getting in, but slowly and this is just one town in one province. Nobody knows the full extent of the devastation elsewhere.

Quiz 聽力測驗

1. True or false? In Tacloban, only single-storey buildings were left standing.

False. Hardly a single building is left standing.

2. Why have none of the bodies been buried?

There is nobody to bury them.

3. Where has the makeshift hospital been set up?

At the airport.

4. How bad is the extent of the devastation across the rest of the country?

Nobody knows the full extent of the devastation elsewhere.

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