Typhoon Haiyan or better known in the Philippines as the Typhoon Yolanda, is recorded as one of the strongest typhoon in the world this year. November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda hits Central Philippines that caused largely damaged mostly in Tacloban, Leyte and Samar Island where cities and towns totally damaged and destroyed with thousands of people killed and are still missing. Some parts of Leyte and Samar and in other isolated places are still experiencing no electricity. Flights were canceled, and airports were closed due to the cause of disaster still unrecovered. Due to the severe damaged caused by Typhoon Yolanda, the estimated recovery for this damage will last for a year.
The relief and rescue is still going on by the help of other countries and heartfelt donations from our fellow Filipinos. Many people were still devastated by this disaster; people are losing their minds, dying from hunger, stealing food and shelter just to survive.
Criticism around the world starting to surge in the internet and in the news pointing the Philippine government as adamant to the situation. It takes several days to a week before aids and rescue starting to emerge. Only now after the criticism! When it is real that peoples’ lives were shattered, losing loved-ones and their shelter, houses are gone and building trampled, food and water vanished, wounds and pains are now apparent, hunger and thirst arise, cadavers scents builds up and soon ailments and disease is on the air. Soon a sight of an American flag gives sign of relief. Sad to note, they are instructed of not to be touched by the country’s politicians. How sad to note, other countries do not trust our government officials.
Now in our own little way, the whole ICI branches, faculty, staffs, and students expressed their condolences, enlightening words and prayers by helping the victims caused by Typhoon Yolanda. Donation of clothes, food and any other basic relief needs for the victims are accepted and it would be given through the respective Local Government Unit.
Let’s help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda!
Written By: Anjanette Y. Isubal