Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan in the Philippines

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I know this isn’t the quote you’re looking for. But I’m posting this on this blog because I know it will reach more people than my personal one.

The picture above is my lovely happy strong lola (grandmother) who lives in Palompon, Leyte, Philippines, the province which was hit the hardest by Typhoon Haiyan (locally, Yolanda) last week.

It has been a week of torturing agony and panic for my mother who had wanted to immediately fly to Leyte to find her own mother. But because the province is in striking devastation, one cannot simply fly there and look for lost family. My mother has been crying constantly, worrying about the life of lola.

Thank the Lord for the news that arrived last night. LOLA HAS BEEN FOUND. SHE IS ALIVE. She, her husband and their son, have been saved from the wrath of the super storm. But with all the relief it has brought us, knowing that they are now without a home, without source of food and clean water, without a livelihood, the situation is still heartbreaking.

Even if we wanted to send them money, the banks and money-couriers are closed indefinitely. There are no stores to buy food and water from. I only pray that their skills in the farm, plus help from neighbors and the government there, will allow them to live and recover from this storm, until we can finally personally attend to their needs.

So if you are reading this, wherever you are in the world, there are many others like my lola who are starving due to Typhoon Haiyan. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen all the heartbreaking coverage of CNN in Tacloban, Leyte. But there are lot of other places in dire need of your help.

Please, please, please, HELP THEM. HELP US HELP THEM. Internationally, below are the links in CNN and Huffington Post where you can send your donations. You can help thru Red Cross, Salvation Army, World Food Programme, World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, etc.

Thank you.

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To all of this blog’s followers, please pray for the Philippines!

We are currently experiencing strong winds and heavy downpour of rain in our country’s capital. National Capital Region and its neighbor regions are deeply flooded. Major rivers have overflowed. Roads are not passable. Hospitals and schools are also flooded, leaving people nowhere to go. Last I checked, death toll is already 53. There is no typhoon, but the typhoon Haikui / Helen (located 300 km NE of Taiwan) is enhancing the southwest monsoon.

Latest warning given by PAG-ASA:

RED WARNING SIGNAL:
Issued at: 12:30 AM, 08 August 2012 (Wednesday)
Target Areas: Metro Manila

Torrential rainfall (35.0-60.0mm/hr) was observed over CAMANAVA, QC and Manila while Heavy to Intense rainfall (15.0-30.0mm/hr) was observed over the rest of Metro Manila for the past 3 hours.

Due to the effect of the series of thunderstorms embedded in the Southwest Monsoon flow, expect Heavy to Intense (15.0-30.0mm/hr) rains with occasional Torrential (more than 30.0mm/hr) rains within 3 hrs.

Residents in flood/landslides risk areas are advised to take precautionary measures and WATCH OUT for the next warning.

This has been happening for more than 24 hours. If I’m not mistaken, the amount of rainfall is the greatest of all time.

With this post, I ask you to please pray for my countrymen. Bring this calamity to international knowledge so that help may be given to my country.

For help and donations, please contact local authorities.