Rescue Missions and Prayers for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Aftermath Victims

The devastation caused by Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), one of the strongest storms that ever landed the planet and slammed the Philippines over the weekend, couldn’t have gone worse.

Indeed, The Guardian and local news network reported Sunday morning about some estimated 10,000 people who were feared dead in Leyte alone.

UNTV reporting on Super Typhoon Haiyan
Local television UNTV reporting about the monster super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), captured by ABC News. Link here:

Reports of casualties and destructions from other provinces like Samar and Leyte are yet to be confirmed.

Buildings, churches and even evacuation centers collapsed as a result of Haiyan, with winds up to 315 km/h (195 mph). It was believed that even early calamity measures mobilized by the government and local government units were overpowered by the scale and might of Yolanda.

A United Nations AID official has compared the destruction that hit Samar, Leyte and Tacloban with the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami. The latter swept 220,000 lives in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Maldives and Somalia.


Local authorities and foreign aid groups feared that many dead bodies were stilll unaccounted for early Sunday.

Rescue and Help 

One of the biggest groups with massive relief mission, the Philippine Red Cross, has been working closely with local disaster units. They’ve been around from the pre-emptive evacuations through to the post-typhoon relief measures.

The Philippine Red Cross disaster management, safety and volunteer services are helping a lot to ease disaster woes among the typhoon victims in the critical areas of Leyte, Samar and Tacloban. Philippine Red Cross accept donations here.

Many other groups – sectarian and non-sectarian organizations – have launched relief operations to help the people in the most affected areas. Rappler gave the list.

Resident after the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
A Central Visayas resident fixes the cable wirings atop his house after the onslaught of the super typhoon Yolanda. (Photo: Romaldo Mico Solon/Photoville International

For his part, veteran broadcast journalist and UNTV CEO Daniel Razon has pledged support for the most affected victims of the typhoon.

Kuya Daniel said Saturday he’ll donate proceeds from his upcoming independent film production, ‘Isang Araw’, to help the people in Samar, Leyte and Tacloban.

Our Prayers 

The Filipinos are naturally resilient and have proven time and agan that it can survive disasters and tragedies of different sizes and shapes. But one thing to ponder, we, Filipinos, can’t do it all alone. We need God’s help.

We can ask Him through prayers. Bro. Eli Soriano, the Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International (MCGI) shares,

“A prayer is a way by which we make our wishes known to God.”

Bro. Eli blogs about the importance of prayer in times like these:

The impossibility of a human doing things greater than his entire being necessitates the need to pray! In prayers we exalt God; we show our trust in His power and in what He can do. In prayers we thank Him, realizing that He alone can provide even the meanest cravings of our souls.

The Ang Dating Daan host, meanwhile, launched on November 9 a daily Community Prayer service through the local television station UNTV-37 and its radio counterpart, UNTV Radio (La Verdad Radio 1350).

Schedules of the UNTV Community Prayer are as follows: 4 a.m., 12 n.n., 8:10 p.m., 10 p.m., and 12 m.n. Both the 10 p.m. and 12 m.n. broadcast are in English while the rest are in Filipino.

Let’s continue to pray for the people of eastern Visayas, especially in Tacloban, Leyte and Samar.


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9 thoughts on “Rescue Missions and Prayers for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Aftermath Victims”

  1. sna mag karoon po tyo ng mga programa mga event pra s mga nasalanta ng yolanda..bawat fillipino magkikiisa mag dala lng ng mga luma damit can food miniral water kht ano pwde donate..kht hindi na pera.. sna meron mkabasa mga kilala tao pra may mag set..alam q marami fillipino gusto tumolong..mag tulungan at magkaisa tnx po..;(

  2. sana muli po tyo mag kaisa..maganda gawin magkitakita ulit tyo s luneta mag dala tyo kung ano pwede dalhin damit nga can food o kht tag iisang kilo bigas bawat tao pupunta..nag raraly nga tyo s luneta bky d magkaisa pra s mga kababayan ntin s visayas..gusto qpa tumolong kso mga damit lng kya q donate..wla aq work..pero qng mag kaka isa lng tyo bawat isa tao magpunta ng luneta magdala ng isang canfood o isang lucky me..qng marami pupunta at marami 22long dadami yun at marami matutulungan.. ayun po sna gusto q iparating tnx..

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