Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines Friday, November 8th. With some preparation, President Benigno Aquino and his people made all possible preparations. Flights were canceled, schools were closed and many citizens evacuated the city in hopes to escape the typhoon.
According to an article published toward the beginning of the typhoon called, Evacuations widespread as Typhoon Haiyan speeds across Philippines in the United Press International website, around 18,000 people evacuated to the Popog cave. Several others evacuated to different cities.
Another article published in the Reuters website named Super typhoon Haiyan slams into Philippines, at least three dead, stated that on average, the Philippines receive around 20 typhoons a year. But none like Typhoon Haiyan. Typhoon Haiyan had gusts of wind ranging from 147 mph to 190 mph.
In a video from USA Today giving another update on the state of the Philippines, International Relief Efforts have been working in a slow pace. During the video, Valerie Amos, United Nations Relief Coordinator stated that even the food and water that they have to distribute will not be enough to fulfill the Philippines’ needs. $25 million have already gone out to the relief funds to the Philippines.
The American Red Cross , along with Facebook, Unicef and lots more organizations, have been raising money for the people in need in the Philippines. Even America’s own President, Barack Obama has been asking Americans to donate money to the cause.
Although there is much help to come from all over the world, people living in the Philippines cannot wait. Some of the Philippines have resorted to stealing anything that could be found in hopes of survival for themselves and their families. In a crisis like this, who is to judge the actions of the people? In the city of Tacloban, Philippines, there are about 293 local police stations but only 33 have continued their job. At this point, everyone has gathered with their families or strangers in hopes to survive this “hell”
In an articled in The New York Times named, Traumatized Philippines City Begins to Bury Its Dead, it stated the Typhoon Haiyan is responsible for around 2,500 deaths and several injuries.
In this crisis that the Philippines have been going through, the world must seize the opportunity to come and work together as one. Today there is a typhoon in the Philippines, but tomorrow there is no guess to what other country the typhoon would hit. Right now, all the world can hope and pray for is the safety of those surviving the treacherous life in the Philippines.