Super typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), the strongest storm in recorded history, recently hit my country, the Philippines, displacing and devastating thousands in the Visayas region. They are currently in dire need of relief goods, assistance, and monetary donations.
If you are able, please consider making a donation of at least 10 US dollars (about 400 Philippine pesos) via Red Cross Philippines or Habitat for Humanity. Once you do this, you can screenshot your confirmation page, submit it to me and request any kind of graphic you’d like, and I will make it for you. I make graphics mostly for BBC Sherlock, but I will happily do ones for Elementary, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Marvel, or any universe you would like.
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REPOST (AS OF NOV 13.):
Given the surge in number of volunteers in NROC, there are no more slots available this week for volunteering in the NROC drop-off point for DSWD (https://twitter.com/dswdserves).
But there are other groups that need your help—both helping them pack and giving in-kind/cash donations. We’ve listed a few to help you out:
1) DSWD satellite in Ateneo in partnership with Ateneo DReaM Team and Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
Shifts: 8-11am, 11am-2pm, 2-5pm, 5-8pm, 8-10pm
Venue #1: LS College Covered Courts, Ateneo de Manila, QC
Venue #2: Richie Fernando Covered Courts (near Loyola House of Studies), Ateneo de Manila, QC
For inquiries, you may send a message directly to the SLB Secretariat (https://www.facebook.com/katotoo)
2) Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Romualdez (https://www.facebook.com/ferdinandmartin.romualdez.1/posts/457193541065396)
Venue: Brgy. Valenzuela’s Covered Court, Tanay corner Hormigo St., Brgy. Valenzuela, Makati City
Directions: From Ayala, take JP Rizal jeep, after City Hall, just along Pililia St., ask for Valenzuela Covered Court or Sports Complex. Landmark is Makati City Hall.
3) Philippine Red Cross
Shifts: 8am-2pm (Shift 1), 2-8pm (Shift 2), 8pm-5am (Shift 3)
Note: Only 50 volunteers can be accommodated per shift. Kindly text 09175385446 or tweet @lynvgarcia for your schedule.
Text format: Name, Preferred Shift Schedule and Date, Number of volunteers who will join
Ex. Lyn, Shift 3, Nov 12, 10volunteers
Venue: Philippine Red Cross, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila. 524-2101
4) Hands on Manila
Until Friday, November 15
Venue: Army gym, Fort Bonifacio Taguig City (map: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151815701804482&set=a.85585234481.80763.80263279481&type=1&theater)
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hands-On-Manila/80263279481
5) U! Happy Events
Packing of goods is underway at Victory Liner, E. Rodriguez compound, QC (beside Jubilee Christian Academy - http://goo.gl/maps/CFRRu)
But no update yet on following days. Kindly check their page for announcements (https://www.facebook.com/uhappyevents)
TYPHOON HAIYAN RIPS THROUGH CENTRAL PHILIPPINES
Typhoon Haiyan is a Category 5 storm, the strongest typhoon of 2013 and said to be the “most powerful ever” to make landfall (with winds near 195-200 mph). Perspective: Superstorm Sandy was at 95mph when it hit New Jersey; Hurricane Katrina at 129mph when it hit land.
- Pre-emptive evacuations affect more than 161,000 families or more than 790,000 people in 37 provinces
- Typhoon Haiyan as seen from space
- Haiyan makes 6 landfalls - it affected an island chain in the central Philippines, making landfall in six islands. It gained wind power as it traversed through waters in between.
- Haiyan traverses areas affected by magnitude 7.1 earthquake - The earthquake left more than 200 dead dead on October 16; 1000 injured; 350,000 displaced. The survivors have been living in tents and evacuation areas. It passed through Leyte, Samar, Cebu (2.5 million residents), among others—some of which are the poorest provinces in the country.
- 100 people killed in Tacloban — first estimate of casualties in the city reported today, November 9. Because the communication lines are down, the news centers have yet to take stock of the full extent of the damage. But the numbers are still expected to rise. The devastation was described as if a tsunami had wracked through it.
- 2:03PM 11/9: An estimated 4 million people have been affected by the typhoon
- 4:20PM 11/9: 90% of Baco Town in Oriental Mindoro flooded
- 4:55 PM 11/9: Bodies still scattered in Leyte as Visayas in shock
- 5:19PM 11/9: Negros Occidental under a state of calamity
- 7:34PM 11/9: Local officials expect the number of bodies found in Tacloban to reach 500
- eta: 7:45PM 11/9: Iloilo and Palawan declare state of calamity
- eta: 8:04PM 11/9: Update: 134 reported dead
- eta: 8:30PM 11/9: Thousands homeless in Ormoc, Leyte
The victims need all the help they can get. Cities have been leveled, buildings made of concrete were destroyed by strong winds and storm surges. Communications have yet to be reestablished in most of the areas affected by the typhoon. The full picture left behind by Haiyan has yet to be established yet the devastation reported on television is already extensive. The government is bracing for large-scale relief operations. Virtually 1/3 of the country has been ravaged by this natural disaster. And we need help.
HOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CAN HELP
- donations via the Philippine Red Cross (including PayPal)
- donations via Habitat for Humanity
- donations via ANCOP Foundation USA
- eta: donations via UNICEF Philippines
FOR THOSE IN THE PHILIPPINES
- text donations via Globe
- Red Cross and DSWD relief operations (infographic)
- list of ongoing relief operations via Rappler
- donations via ABS-CBN News
- eta: relief operations via University of the Philippines
- eta: relief operations via the Department of Education
- eta: pick-up locations for donations via Air 21
HOW TO FILE FOR MISSING PERSONS
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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Super Typhoon in the Pacific
“Unfortunately, typhoons in the Philippines are common. But Yolanda is, by far, the strongest this year. If the Philippines were a human body, Yolanda’s projected path takes it right into the country’s gut.That isn’t good because that region is still picking up the pieces after being rocked by a 7.1 earthquake last month. That quake killed at least 222, injured around 1,000, and displaced over 350,000. “
Learn more from The Atlantic.
Stay safe everyone! Since suspended na lahat ng klase rito sa Metro Manila, ‘wag nang lumabas ng bahay, OK? :D
Right now, tinutumbok niya yung Samar-Leyte region. Super lakas ng hangin. :O