Super Typhoon in the Philippines

It was just last month when I posted about the tragedy  that happened in my hometown, Bohol. A 7.2 magnitude earthquake took almost 200 people’s lives and damaged so many infrastructures.

This time, a super typhoon came towards the central part of the Philippines. Typhoon Yolanda ( Haiyan – International name) was dubbed as the strongest tropical typhoon to make a landfall in recorded history. Packing sustained winds of up to 320 km/h (199mph), it is equivalent to a Category 4 – 5 hurricane in the Atlantic.

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My heart was breaking when I saw videos and photos of the damages and destruction. Up until now, some islands can’t be accessed because of impassable roads and communication in one of the first directly hit islands is still in process. As of this writing, about 100 people are listed as casualties. Survey of damages is still on going.

Bohol was also in the path, thankfully, not the center of the storm. It would have also been devastating for those who are living in tents and makeshift homes to experience that kind of onslaught. My family and friends are thankfully safe.

The Philippines experiences so many typhoons in a year. It is also in the Pacific ring of fire with volcanoes and earthquake faults. Filipinos have experienced so many disasters. However, we never fail to stand back up. In the preparation of the typhoon, people remained strong and tried to prepare as much as they can. They were defiant in the face of the coming disaster. People wanted to come out stronger after it. I have seen on Twitter and Facebook how we help each other. Either by passing information or just helping out a neighbor who doesn’t have a concrete house to stay in. People were scared, yet they were defiant.

I can’t imagine how it must have felt experiencing that kind of onslaught. Being away from my family and country, I can only read news and help spread information. The country is trying its best to recover and access the damage. I am not there to help out, however, I can write about it and spread the news. In times of need, I know that people will always come together. One thing that struck me the most though, some people were still smiling even after their houses were damaged. They were saying thanks to the people who are helping them without complaints. I know in my heart that that spirit will carry the Filipinos towards building up and standing back. In every disaster, we can choose to cry and blame or we can brush the dirt and stand up. I know the Filipinos will do the latter.

If you want to help and need more information, here are some links :

Philippine Red Cross

CNN – Philippine Typhoon

ABS-CBN National Network

 

 

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27 thoughts on “Super Typhoon in the Philippines

  1. I’m so glad your family was okay following this storm, too. I was in Singapore when this happened and my colleague was worried about her family. Thankfully, they didn’t face much damage and everyone was okay. Like you, she is strong and defiant against disaster.

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    • Thank you so much for your concern. I feel grateful everyday that my family is alright. A little damage with our house but that’s just replaceable.

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  2. hello & thank you for visiting my blog!
    thank you for posting this – and for the links to support agencies
    i’m glad to hear your family is safe
    Haiyan is a name like any other – i wish the U.S. would simply call it that…
    (sigh)
    anyways a little thing
    in the world of many things
    and this being a big thing
    your work is beautiful – thank you for sharing images and your view from the many travels in your life
    wishing you all good things

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    • Thank you for your thoughts and words, Marneymae. I’m glad to be able to share and do a small part of help to my country. Thank you for dropping by here too and it’s my pleasure to browse through yours. Cheers :)

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  3. Very saddening news. I pray for the victims.

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  4. Allyson Mellone

    Angie, I was really saddened to hear about the Typhoon and the disaster is has caused. It am happy to hear that your family and friends are safe. I am still hoping that some of the people I know in Tacloban are alright.

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    • It is an unimaginable tragedy. Thank you for your thoughts, Allyson. Did you try searching the Google people finder for their names or contact some people there? If there’s anything I can do to help, maybe list their names or their closest relatives.

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      • Allyson Mellone

        Angie, I have searched. I made some calls yesterday and today. My family in Hawaii is vigorously searching too. Thank you.

        There is a blogger who I am worried about. Her name is April. Her blog is Always Bob’s Wife
        http://alwaysbobswife.wordpress.com/. I don’t know her last name. I do hope she and her family are alright.

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        • I hope to hear more updates of your search. There’s a twitter hashtag #YolandaPh that updates a lot about the situation there. If you can give us the names, maybe I can ask some friends to try and help too.

          I know April here on this community, I didn’t realize that she’s in the Central part too. I thought she doesn’t live in the Philippines. I’ll try to browse on more info about her. I do hope they’re alright.

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          • Allyson Mellone

            Angie, I am not sure what part of the Philippines April lives. She does live there.

            My friends are: Amilee and Jose Fernandez, 48/50, and Mica Garza 35. They live part of the year in Tacloban and the other in Honolulu. They were all back in the Philippines when Yolanda happened.

            Thank you so much for your thoughts.

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            • I do hope they’re fine. Here’s a link of Google People Finder, please create a new record for them because you can describe them more. People can update and find information about them here. http://www.google.org/personfinder/2013-yolanda I will also ask some people for help. Please update me if there’s any new information. Keep faith x

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              • Allyson Mellone

                Hi Angie, I want to thank you for passing on source information. My sister called just a little while ago to tell me that our friends have escaped to the north. They have injuries that need to be tended to. Their families in Hawaii are working to get them back to Honolulu, which will be delayed because they have no documents on them. Anyway, things are chaotic there. Thank you again :)

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              • Allyson, I’m so glad to hear this good news. Injuries can be healed and documents can be secured, the wonderful thing is that they’re safe. Thanks also for taking the time to inform me. April is safe and sound too. It’s such a wonderful community here! :)

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  6. I’ve been so stunned seeing the images of the storm itself and its aftermath! Very glad for you that your family and friends are ok. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the storm X

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    • Thanks, Sarah. It’s a difficult time for all the Filipinos where ever we are.

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      • Hi Angie. There have been more pictures and videos from the Philippines today and I was so shocked. It made me feel quite helpless! I was also really struck by the efforts of many children who have been travelling great distances to help at the aid centres! I wanted you to know how brilliant I thought they were and they set such an example to the young people of the world.

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        • Thank you for your kind words and thoughts, Sarah. Indeed, we have this thing called “Bayanihan” where people come together to help each other whenever there’s a need. It makes me proud to see young Filipinos do their part. Being away from my country, I also feel helpless but I guess we have to do whatever we can to help.

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  7. I hope you find all the people you love safe.

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  8. I have heard of this Typhoon too as it would come to my country as well. I saw the news about what happens in Philippine and my heart goes for people who get affected from this super Typhoon.

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  9. That is like a Category 5 hurricane, and it is moving toward Vietnam. I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to go through it. However, like you say, people are resilient, and this too shall pass.

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    • I hope it weakened a little bit to lessen the damage in Vietnam. It is scary and people should do everything to prepare for it.

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