I try to keep the mood of the this blog on the positive side. But sometimes it can’t be avoided.
The Philippines, my motherland, was recently ravaged by a mega-typhoon practically the size of North America. The aftermath is devastating and heart wrenching. It is gut checking to see the devastation brought upon an already struggling, yet progressive, tiny nation. But, despite of the magnitude of the storm, the people took on Haiyan, despite the severity of the aftermath, after they asked for help, they are picking up, cleaning up, and are moving on, with or without help. When you are a nation who are pounded by the greatest number of storms year after year, you learn to pick up, clean up, and smile. It is a testament of will, resilience, and determination.
Sure, there are lootings and finger pointings, after wards, but that’s natural. Let you be in the same situation, let me not see you try to ravage a standing grocery store to find water and food for you and your surviving family. And let me see any government with minimal resources, prepare for a super typhoon whose magnitude is unrivaled, you can’t. So you do your best.
I thought I would give you a few stats to help put things in perspective and some suggestions of organizations to contact on how you can help. I am sure, you have probably heard some these in the news, if not, now you know.
1. Considered on of the most powerful to have reached landfall, Haiyan was 370 miles wide.
2. Winds reached 195 mph, gusts reached 235 mph. That’s strong.
3. Storm surge reached 17 feet, and 27 inches of rain.
After the Storm(numbers may vary depending on source):
1. 9 million people have been affected: 4.5 million of which are children and 1.5 million of which are children under the age of 5.
2. About 600,000 have been displaced.
3. About 12,000 have been injured.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
*As always, if you are making monetary donations, make sure that the organization is legitimate and trust worthy. Sadly, scammers are always out there looking to profit on disasters*
*Image from catholicexchange.com*
Source: United Nations and World News NBC