Besides needing help from the world, Filippinos can depend upon help from their own far flung kin, it’s their culture…

As many as 1,000 dead, maybe 10,000 or more, in maybe the strongest storm in history, a typhoon that swept over parts of the Philippines on Friday and Saturday. That’s hard to comprehend. So many people so quickly in one storm. Man can control a lot of things. But the weather remains defiant.

The typhoon is named Haiyan.

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To help those in need: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/09/haiyan-how-you-can-help/3484467/

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The U.S. government is committing money for disaster relief for the Philippines, but I imagine a large amount of the help will come from Filipinos who live in America, as well as elsewhere outside the native land. They have organizations collecting money right now I read, and I know that the culture of the Philippines (as well as in other parts of the world) is for those who go abroad to send money back home even in normal times. Families depend upon the help of their far flung relatives. I’ve been told by Filipinos here in the U.S. that back in their home there are few government social programs. A person depends upon family and has an obligation to family. We could use more of that here.

That death toll is staggering and it built so fast. Even as I was reading the first report that said at least 100 dead, another report put the toll at least 1,000 and now it is said to be maybe as high as 10,000 and that it might climb from there.

For those of us who live in areas with relatively mild weather most or all the year, such as where I live, we have to feel grateful and marvel at the fortitude of those who live in such places where devastation by typhoon (and ferry sinkings) seems to be common — although this typhoon with its size is or was not so common.

Could this be another sign of climate change? That is the size of the storm.

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