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(Supertyphoon) Yolanda You Make Me Sad and How You Can Help

I meant to write about the food from our stay at The Beaufort but this is not the time considering that several areas in the Philippines are badly hit by Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan). News of the damage to life and property to places such as Tacloban and Leyte are just trickling in. There'll be more in the upcoming days.

According to GMA footage, Yolanda (Haiyan) was felt in Borongan, Samar, Philippines as early as 2 AM (GMT +8), Friday, November 8. It is a category 5 typhoon with sustained wind speeds of 235 kph (10 minute average) or 315 kph (1 minute average). Its effect was felt in most of the country from Luzon (North) to Mindanao (South) with areas placed under different storm signals.

Satellite image from the United States NOAA service showing typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) ramming the Philippines.
By Friday evening, news of the damage started trickling in. No communication was possible for certain places during the onslaught of the typhoon as it downed communication towers and power lines.

Video below shows Yolanda's strength in Tacloban and Paco, Leyte by GMA.

I am sure there'll be more news coming in the upcoming days and the number of dead will grow. Red cross is estimating that the number of casualties will exceed 1,000.

According to ABS CBN reports, Tacloban, being surrounded by waters, was fully submerged during the storm surge at least 2 stories high. I am thinking that if you have not drowned yet and trying to keep afloat, rapid moving objects in the water hitting your head would be the culprit for a number of casualties.

Where you can help

Rappler has compiled a list of agencies accepting donations. You can check them out here. I caution though to double-check the agency/organization before sending any donations.


To my dear fellow Filipinos, the holidays are fast approaching. I know December is a month of parties. If we can find it in our hearts to share a portion of the upcoming 13th month pay, I am sure this will go a long way.

My dear Philippine government, tama na po ang kurakot. Every year, our dear Philippines is being ravaged by a typhoon or some other calamity. Sana po we'll have a proper process in place for these calamities and ensure that the Filipino people are assured na may ginagawa po tayo dito at may support po sa kanila pagtapos ng kalamidad. Sana po we have provisions on standby such as the necessary transportation for clearing roads which is very important to mobilize help and rescue. Sana po ito ang uunahin natin before our own interests. Di ko po kasi naiintindihan kung bakit ang slow natin to respond to these when this has been happening for several years na and should have had a few learnings under our belt.

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