Just two weeks after a 7.1 quake hit Bohol, Philippines, Typhoon Yolanda/ Haiyan whipped through Tacloban City where authorities are estimating fatalities to reach as much as 10,000 — considered as the country’s worst recorded natural disaster. With communications down, it took a few days before news of the true impact of the supertyphoon reached the rest of the country and the world. Tacloban City was decimated. During the height of the typhoon, residents in other parts of the country, specifically us in Manila, were experiencing moderate rainfall. We knew the typhoon was at its worst in the Leyte area, but we had no idea of the damage it made until the pictures hit the media a few days after.
The worst is not yet over as food and water have become scarce in Tacloban City. Rescuers are overwhelmed by the destruction, realizing that they needed more help than what was readily available. With donations and help also making it difficult to reach the area, survivors have resorted to looting just to feed their families. Looking through the pictures and the despair from those that were interviewed, I’d probably steal myself if it meant feeding my children had we been among them. As the plight of my fellow Filipinos came to light, whatever problems I was having this week suddenly took a backseat. I was in no position to whine when these people couldn’t even find water to drink.
My prayers go out to all those who were affected. I would also like to extend my gratitude to my colleagues and my employer in the US who took the time to contact me to check if my family and I were affected by this tragedy. It is heartwarming to know that I have friends who care despite the distance separating us. And may God spare the world from any more tragedies such as this.
For those who are overseas or online freelancers like me, you can make a donation to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda via Paypal to ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya Foundation — go to Donate> Cash after you CLICK HERE. The Paypal button should be at the bottom of the Donate>Cash page.