Security forces have taken “full control” of the security problem in typhoon-hit Tacloban city and neighbouring provinces, where incidents of looting were reported in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan.

According to Philippine Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, a 12-hour curfew has been imposed and at least 1,000 policemen have been deployed to the city to ensure peace and order.

Executive Director of the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said most of the streets have been cleared so that rescuers can speed up the distribution of food and drink to the victims.

An entrepôt has also been set up to pass the aid from the government and private organisations to the distressed areas, he added.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with local authorities to form field hospitals as well as send more staff and medicine for relief.

Earlier on November 13, the Israeli army dispatched a 148-strong mission to the Philippines to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of typhoon Haiyan.

An advanced multi-department medical facility, equipped with approximately 100 tonnes of medical supplies from Israel, will also be established in the city.

The same day, Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said the country is ready to send as many as 1,000 troops of the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to the typhoon-ravaged areas to join rescue efforts.

Japan will additionally supply 10 million USD in aid and another emergency assistance packages worth 600,000 USD through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it will provide 23 million USD in grant to the Philippines, and stands ready to provide a 500 million USD emergency loan to help reconstruct communities devastated by the typhoon.

NDRRMC’s statistics on November 14 showed that typhoon Haiyan, which hit the country last week, has killed at least 2,357 people, with 77 others missing.

Over 8 million people in the Philippines ’ 43 provinces were affected by the deadly storm.-VNA