Last November 8, super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), one of the strongest typhoon ever recorded, hit the Philippines, destroyed homes, flooded provinces, and left thousands of people displaced and dead. Filipinos did not expect the adverse effect of storm surge brought by Yolanda, so a lot were caught unaware by the sudden rush of seawater from the coast of Leyte.
Weather officials said ‘Yolanda’ had sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall. By those measurements, ‘Yolanda’ would be comparable to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the U.S., nearly in the top category, a 5, quoted from Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Power and communications were totally cut off for days so it was impossible for the government to know the extent of casualties and damages the typhoon has made. When the typhoon left last Saturday, November 11, the Philippines and the entire world were shocked when the picture of the actual effect of Yolanda was slowly being unveiled.
Airport in Tacloban, a city in Leyte which mostly received the wrath of Yolanda, was destroyed. Later, another airport in Ormoc city was found to have a similar condition.
Help was not quickly sent away and people were getting desperate to receive aid. Some were caught looting from closed supermarket and department stores just to feed their family. Food and water, the top necessities, are scarce until now.
Locals are vying to have a free transport to Manila and be with their relatives there.
Confirmed death remains below 2000, but thousands are still feared to be dead or missing. Thousands of bodies are yet to be collected which give fear harming the health of those living.
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said, “I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every single building, every single house.” Even evacuation centers proved to be not enough to stand the strong wind and stormed surged brought by the super typhoon.
Yolanda, the 25th typhoon which hit the Philippines this year, surprised a lot of Filipinos who were busy moving on from the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the islands of Bohol and Cebu less than a month ago. However, Filipinos are known to be a resilient lot, able to smile and quickly move on from adversities coming their way. I definitely agree to this comment posted in CNN:
To my dear readers and followers of this blog, kindly join the Philippines in praying for and helping with the rescue and relief operations of our brothers and sisters affected by the super typhoon. No amount of help is small. In our own way, may it be through prayers, donations, volunteer works, or social media rallies, we are creating ripples of help and hope to be extended to my countrymen. With this, I am calling each and every one of my fellow Filipinos to act now and do our part in giving aid to others.
Helping Yolanda Survivors:
I personally invite my blogger and social media enthusiast friends to join me in this endeavor. Let’s stop writing about our latest makeup hauls, fashion finds, and/or foreign travels for now and instead share social awareness at least. Better, let’s go out, act, and help.
Department of Social Welfare and Development
- DSWD is accepting donations: NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP)
- Roel Montesa – 09263469927, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elma Pille – email@example.com
Cash deposits accepted – DSWD Bank Acct. at Landbank of the Philippines Nos. 3122-1011-84 (current) and 3124-0055-81 (savings) Fe Catalina Ea – 09186281897
- Repacking of relief goods ongoing at DSWD-NROC, Pasay City. Interested volunteers can call 8512681 to schedule.
- DSWD Region 7 Field Office, MJ Cuenco Avenue Cor Gen Maxillom Ave, Brgy. Carreta, Cebu City is conducting ongoing relief operations. Contact Rico Algarme at (32) 232 9509 for inquiries.
- Roel Montesa – 09263469927, firstname.lastname@example.org
- World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian, development and relief organization is accepting donations for Typhoon Yolanda survivors. Donor hotline 372-7777 or visit their website
- Operation Walang Iwanan – Gawad Kalinga
World Food Programme
- World Food Programme Philippines is accepting donations through their website
- ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya pledge lines (02) 411-0183, 411-0182, 411-0115
Accepting relief goods and cash donations, with other drop-off points nationwide: Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and Davao
Philippine Red Cross
- The Philippine Red Cross provides many ways to donate. Hotline: 143 Trunkline: 5270000
- You may also SMS donations by texting RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899(Globe) or 4143(Smart)
FREE SEATS for Yolanda Volunteers
Volunteers will be flown to the affected areas for free from 11 – 24 November 2013. Interested parties may avail this offer by:
– Contacting Cecille Flores, HR Department of AirAsia Zest at email@example.com
– Emailing the complete contact details of the counterpart NGO or agency
– For more information, please call +632-851-1801/632-851-1803 and look for Cecille Flores or proceed to AirAsia Zest Office in Domestic Road, Andrews Avenue, Pasay City.
For my international friends, you can also share your blessings to my people by:
For a complete list of organizations that accept donations and volunteers, kindly click here: Help Yolanda Victims
Let’s all join hands in helping Philippines remain strong despite of everything. The Philippines is indeed stronger than any typhoon!