Current Event Cat of the Day: Typhoon Aid to the Philippines

Current Event Cat - Typhoon Aid Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc in the Philippines over the weekend, leaving behind mass destruction and mass casualties.

The typhoon death toll is estimated to be more than 10,000 and over 600,000 people have been displaced. In one city, Tacloban, the UN is reporting a mass grave with 300 to 500 bodies after the town was hit by waves and winds up to 235 mph.

“I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every single building, every single house,” U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over the former city / current garbage dump.

Now the typhoon-ravaged Philippines is facing a daunting relief effort. All the Filipino cleaning ladies in the world couldn’t clean up the destruction left behind by typhoon Haiyan, so Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity in order to speed up relief efforts for victims.

Millions have been affected by the storm and many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water. Rescue workers have been out and about wading through floating bloated bodies and handing out aid.  However, they are struggling to reach the hardest hit areas that have been cut off as a result of the typhoon.

The Philippines National Red Cross said people were not prepared for such a powerful storm. While authorities had evacuated hundreds of thousands of residents, many evacuation centres weren’t able to withstand the winds and storm surges.

“Imagine America, which was prepared and very rich, still had a lot of challenges at the time of Hurricane Katrina, but what we had was three times more than what they received,” said Gwendolyn Pang, the group’s executive director.

I wouldn’t say America was “prepared” when it came to Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Pang, but your country just had a pretty rough typhoon so I’ll let it slide…

Via: CBC News

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