Eyewitness footage of Typhoon Haiyan washing house away (by Plan International)
Whoa. Look at that. Nearly two million are estimated as homeless, per reports. The UN says 4,200 have died as the Philippine government says the death toll is standing at 3,633 with around 1,700 missing. 12,000 are injured across the Philippine’s 7,000 islands. And aid is now finally arriving to the islands. The United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Israel and Australia all are sending in physical help along with other countries contributing proceeds.
Please give if you can.
My Dad’s family moved to the USVI in the 1970’s to run a store my great-grandfather opened. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo hit the islands — or more accurately, arrived at the USVI and proceeded to just… sit there, with the eyewall on top of them. My aunt and uncle, grandparents, and very young (at the time) cousin cowered in the basement of their house towards the top of the island’s main mountain, waiting out massive storm surges and winds so powerful they created tornado-like vortexes that ravaged the island on top of eyewall winds. When it was over, their house was nearly destroyed, their store was in shambles, the island was utterly and completely devastated.
Those winds were 70 miles an hour LESS than what hit the Philippines.
I am not of great means myself, but I’ve given literally as much as I can spare. I remember the aftermath of Hugo (and Andrew, and Marilyn, and the rest), the struggle of it. My family got lucky each time - they lost property and possessions but never lives. What is going on in the Philippines is almost beyond comprehension.
So please, give. Give food, give water, give money, give love. This will take years and years to recover from.