Super Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath; Philippines Fuel Supply Dogged By Logistics

 @David_Kashi
on November 13 2013 8:40 AM
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    Residents unload an injured man from a truck schedule for airlift to Manila in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 13, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. Getty Images
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    Residents gather coins and other salvageable materials from the ruins of houses after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte, a senior police official said on Sunday, with coastal towns and the regional capital devastated. Reuters
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In the wake of the devastating super typhoon that hit the Philippines last week, damage to key energy infrastructure has led to disruptions in fuel supplies, even as the country’s two refineries were left unscathed, an industry source said Wednesday.

While poor weather and damaged pipelines and roads have made it difficult to transport fuel, the country's two refineries are still operating normally.

“[As] many of the affected regions are island provinces, there are problems getting fuel to those areas because of damage to roads, pipelines and transport links. But the product [supply] is there," the source said.

The powerful typhoon named Yolanda was three times more powerful than Hurricane Katrina, and it left many service stations dry. These shortages have also been exacerbated by looting.  

An estimated 6.9 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon, which has taken the lives of almost 2,500 people, and that number is expected to rise. 

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