Not that my lowly blog posts have much impact, but I almost wished I had not played up the self-help you might call it that Philippine people away from their own country are or will offer to their fellow Filipinos suffering the nearly unparalleled devastation of the city of Tacloban and the other areas of the Philippines in the path of Typhoon Haiyan over the weekend.
Perhaps more than 10,000 people were killed and thousands are without shelter, food, and even safe water.
I did not mean to make it sound as if the efforts by Filipinos overseas from their native land could suffice. Even their government says it cannot handle the crisis alone.
They need help:
Here is a link showing agencies you can contact to help:
At least one U.S. Aircraft carrier, which can supply the platform needed to rush the victims food and water and medical help, and other vessels are on the way. I believe I read that Australia is sending help as well (and I would suppose others too).
It’s only now that relief workers are discovering first-hand to their shock how incredibly widespread and complete the devastation is.
Sometimes you hear about looting in natural disasters and you might think how callous thieves are. But in this situation, as I understand it, people are desperate for basic supplies. I saw a photo and a report about a warehouse being broken into so people could get bags of rice. That’s understandable.
Dead bodies and strewn all around and some corpses are floating in water — no one has been able to collect them and there is no way to preserve them. The city of Tacloban, as one can see from news photos, is leveled, the situation being the same in other areas in the path of the gargantuan typhoon, maybe the strongest such storm ever recorded, according to some reports.(To make matters worse, I just read a report that another tropical storm is due to hit in a few days. It is not unusual for the Philippines to have these storms, but it was the magnitude of this one. The island nation also had a major earthquake recently that made a reported 350,000 people homeless.)
I would hope the U.S. is doing everything it can to send personnel and supplies and medical help in there. I would rather see an expenditure for a relief effort for something like this than for so many other things we do overseas.
UPDATE: And now I read that a contingent of U.S. Marines has been sent in to help in relief efforts, along with transport aircraft to bring in supplies, as part of a commitment to aid by the U.S. government. But the situation on the ground appears desperate and surviving victims are complaining things are moving too slow. And who could not sympathize with that?