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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
A prayer for people is more than money can buy!
— Brother Eli Soriano (@BroEliSoriano) February 28, 2010