Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda, the strongest and most powerful recorded storm ever to make a landfall this year battered Samar, Leyte, Cebu and much of the Visayas Islands of the Philippines last November 8, 2013. The devastating typhoon rendered thousands of families homeless and helpless. The once full of life and beautiful towns with a bubbly community turned into a ghost town due to massive damage and destruction not only on the infrastructures but to the lives of the people as well.
An aerial photo of Guiuan, Samar courtesy of gmanetwork.com
I am a Filipino and it’s really heartbreaking for me to see that there’s nothing left out there for my fellow countrymen who survived - survivors who braved to hold on for their lives. Homeless, hungry and emotionally upset people can be seen loitering in the streets and even resorted to looting just to feed their hungry children and families the day after for relief efforts are hampered due to infrastructure and communication problems. I can’t help but cry upon hearing and watching the news of different stories on how they survived. My soul is grieving seeing the dead people and animals everywhere on the streets. I deeply sympathize for those who are mourning to the lost of their loved ones whom cannot be even given a decent burial. You may see photos of before and after Haiyan hit our country here.
Electricity is not yet restored up to this time of writing, a lot of people are still missing as many towns have not been reached by relief efforts, thus, hundreds of displaced and hungry families are still in need of urgent help.
We are very thankful for the International community who immediately gave and showed support, I may not be able to enumerate them all but countries and people around the world are mobilizing to provide aid and donations for the relief, recovery and rehabilitation to restore areas and families affected by this destructive storm. Maraming maraming Salamat po!
We all have our own humble way to support. If you would like to extend help, please refer to the following details below.
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