from 21st Century Wire:
Preppers take heed: one only has to look at this real-life escalation of social and economic breakdown to better understand how a social and economic crisis can quickly spiral downwards into anarchy – where getting food and fresh water takes precedence over all else. Survival often comes down to the barrel of a gun.
Mayhem has ensued in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiya in the Leyte region of the Philippine Islands this week, as armed looters exchanged fire with local police. Businesses have been ransacked, food warehouses have been looted by rioting mobs, and hording by armed gangs has begun.
Red Cross officials in the Philippines have described the scene as “absolute bedlam”. In some villages, reports are that the flood levels have not fully subsided and that dead bodies could still be seen floating in the streets. Municipal water supplies are not safe to use, and fears are that typhoid, cholera and microbe infections will spread. Aid and supplies are slow coming through, and in some cases – are not arriving at all.
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