After the typhoon

Much of the Philippines lies in ruins after one of the most destructive storms in living memory. At The Atlantic, James Hamblin reports on life in the aftermath, which is just as dangerous for those who remain.

Support and rescue are difficult not only because of lack of access to the areas hardest hit, but also because of mob rule. Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon described "mobsters" attacking trucks attempting to deliver food and tents on Tanauan bridge in Leyte. "The city is outlaw now—this is why we had to run," [said] Danish visitor Danny Larsen… "Everything is being looted. Rotten apples can do now what they want. There is no law enforcement; [it's] a free-for-all. Nobody feels safe, even the Filipinos."