Typhoon Haiyan and the Outpouring of Help from Different Countries

Over the weekend the Philippines again saw another natural calamity, at least I hope it is (will get there in a few seconds).  Fresh from a 7.3 earthquake, the same general region of the country now experienced the most powerful typhoon ever in recorded history in the form of Typhoon Haiyan, or locally known as Yolanda.  The immense power of the wind that this monster carried dwarfed those of Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina that struck the US in the past.

Is it a sign that Mother Nature is now revolting against us humans because of how we have treated planet Earth?  In the same week, it was reported that the Western Black Rhino became extinct.

Or is this man made as per the video below?  This is why I mentioned earlier that “at least I hope it is” a natural calamity.

Take note in the YouTube video above the person mentioned he is expecting an earthquake.  Check this out – a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck Japan.

Regardless if this calamity is man made or still natural I am happy to see that the Philippines is receiving a lot of aid from all over the world, including Singapore.

Singapore is my second home.  I’ve been here for 8 years living among the Singaporeans and other nationalities that live, work and play in this small but great country.  My time here in this great country might be short now but I am truly and ultimately proud to have called it my second home.  This country will have a very special place in my heart.

In the Strait Times article I have linked to, I was saddened to have read that three young Singaporeans were among those who are missing.  I hope that they cannot just be contacted right now much like majority of the entire region affected by this superstorm.  Globe and Smart, mobile companies in the Philippines, have already established temporary cell sites to replace those that were destroyed by the storm.  I hope these girls can somehow find a way to get in touch with their families through these cell sites.  Viber has also made it possible for those in the Philippines to contact their loved ones outside of the country for free.  If these girls have Viber I hope they can contact their relatives here in Singapore.

Last I heard electricity is still an issue (I may be wrong here – I am so far unable to find articles or news that mention this – only from a friend who has family members in the affected zone).  That sucks because even if you have cell sites if your cellphone has no power how will you be able to use it.  I hope Globe and Smart brought with them cellphones for families to use to contact their loved ones inside and outside of the affected areas.

Singapore is lucky to not be in a region of the world that encounters these superstorms.  I hope that this great country will never experience these types of calamities.  I, however, have a bad feeling that someday Singapore will see this type of natural calamities come to her shore.  Normally, the southern part (Mindanao) of the Philippines is free from typhoons but in the recent years more and more typhoons are going nearer to the equator.  My mom, a native of Mindanao, noticed this as well.  I hope we don’t see a time that typhoons are present on the equator.

If this ever happens I will surely return the help that this country gave my countrymen in my country’s time of need.

Again, to Singapore and to the rest of the world, thank you for helping my country!  I may not have any loved ones in the affected areas but as a Filipino in general I say “maraming salamat”!