Villagers are complaining from foul odor of unburied Typhoon Yolanda cadaver victims

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When the interest of the general public is at stake, the government must take immediate and appropriate action to solve it. Particularly, decaying human remains by the thousands must be disposed of properly to protect the public's health.

Unburied human remains

Do you like the smell of a rottening dead person? If you abhor smelling a dead person’s cadaver, how much more for the villagers who are exposed to a thousand plus decomposing bodies dump within their barangay premises?
Dump in the premises of Barangay San Isidro, Tacloban City, Leyte are some 1,400 decaying, unburied corpses victims of last November 8 megastorm Yolanda (Haiyan) devastation. They are contained in sealed corpse bag and swarming with flies in a muddy open field in the village.
The villagers don’t appreciate the foul odor. They are complaining that they can’t no longer stand the unbearable smell of rottening cadaver.
A housewife Maritess Pedrosa, whose house measures about 20 meters away from the bags of cadavers, laments:
“The stench has taken away our appetite. Even in our sleep, we have to wear face masks.”

Identities of the dead have yet to be determined

Barangay Captain Eutiquio Balunan said government workers assigned to collect the dead started piling them in San Isidro on November 10, where they have been exposed to the heat and heavy rains.
Brgy Capt. Balunan added that government forensics experts are trying to identify the corpses which are turned over to relatives, while unclaimed ones are buried at a mass grave at the city cemetery about 3 km away.
Brgy. Capt. Balunan further disclosed that the processing of the cadavers had been suspended over the Christmas season as the forensics experts went on holiday.
“We are requesting the city government to please bury the cadavers because our children and elderly residents are getting sick. This place has become a fly factory,” he said.

Megastorm Yolanda's toll

Megastorm Yolanda left 6,111 people killed and 1,779 others missing on November 8, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
This made the storm, which left 4.4 million people homeless, one of the deadliest natural disasters in Philippine history.
Tacloban City and nearby towns were devastated by tsunami-like giant waves unleashed by the megastorm which accounted for the majority of the dead.

  • About 1,400 plus decaying corpses left by the Nov 8 (2013) megastorm Yolanda in sealed bags but emitting foul smell are deposited unburied in Barangay San Isidro, Tacloban City for proper DNA identification.
  • Filipino firefighters unload victims of Typhoon Haiyan outside Tacloban on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2013) before forensic experts register and bury them in a mass grave. | AP
  • /November 16, 2013: Rescue workers carry bodies into a mass grave on the outskirts of Tacloban AFP
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    author avatar cnwriter..carolina
    4th Jan 2014 (#)

    how terrible is this and can cause all sorts of diseases too...thank you n.c.

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    author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
    6th Jan 2014 (#)

    What a pitty NC Radomes, hope this problem is solved as soon as possible

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