A week after super typhoon “Yolanda” battered central Visayas in central Philippines, outpouring of supports for the victims of one of the world’s strongest cyclones ever recorded in history are overwhelming and heart-warming especially from the international community. Tons after tons of arriving relief goods have become apparent over the large areas of the devastation caused by the monster storm.
Military personnel, medical teams and volunteers have been fielded deliberately from other countries to help in the rescue operations and rehabilitation. Peace and order were restored after unverified reports that some criminals and government rebels are causing fears among the victims with widespread looting and other criminal activities taking advantage of the situation.
Super typhoon “Yolanda”, with international name “Haiyan”, is the strongest storm ever to make landfall in many years. More than 4,000 fatalities have been recorded, and over 2,000 are still missing and unaccounted for.
Albeit there are many problems encountered during the handling and distribution of relief operations early on, everything is now in place and in full swing to undertake the massive rescue operations. Help can hardly get by to most of the victims because it is very hard to get access especially to remote and hard-hit areas where all the main roads and other thoroughfares are almost impassable.
Assistance and relief from around the world are now underway, and have started to arrive; and have already been stepped up to immediately bring relief goods and medical assistance to the affected areas. Likewise, help from the Philippine government has begun to disembark effectively as soon as clearing operations started to kickoff and take shape.
The extent of damage is indescribable in magnitude. The entire area of the hardest-hit Tacloban City, the capital of Leyte, was completely damaged beyond repair, and that no amount of words can describe the offshoot of this catastrophic nature’s fury. Uprooted coconut trees from the remote places of the nearby towns and provinces are scattered all over the place. Wood splinters, twisted steel structures and torn roofing sheets have cluttered across the place conspicuously.
The Philippines is a tropical place in the pacific region which is often visited by typhoons in a cyclical pattern every year.
Rehabilitation will take months or probably even years, but supports from all sectors of the society are unprecedented. Expressions of gratitude are over flowing from among the victims and the Philippine government as well. The opportunity to pick up the pieces and put them back together is very promising despite the enormous complexity of the problem. For the victims, their only consolation is perhaps everything happens for a reason.
This is again an admonition of the adverse effect of global warming, unless drastic measures have to be done to address and mitigate the impact of climate change in the environment and on mankind. More lives and properties will be imperiled in no time and without warning. No one is spared-children, the elderly, men and women-everyone is potentially at risk. It may happen here or somewhere.
Concisely behind all these, it has attested and affirmed to the world that humanitarian spirit, volunteerism and charitable works have been reflected and demonstrated to the highest level of humanitarian service.