Published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer | Inquirer.net
In the wake of Supertyphoon "Yolanda," the local and international media have been reporting on alleged looting and criminal behavior, especially in Leyte. The reports say people have been ransacking grocery stores and malls for food as well as appliances such as TV sets and refrigerators. We also hear stories of some people using firearms to gain access to food and other goods.
The Oxford Dictionary defines looting as the act of "stealing goods from [a place], typically during a war or riot." Such reports of looting are not uncommon in times of disaster. For instance, stories of murders, looting and associated antisocial behavior, particularly among black communities, marked the impact of Hurricane "Katrina" on New Orleans in the United States.