The destruction of parts of the Philippines has been at the forefront of the news. The devastation of this horrific typhoon wiped out cities. The death toll is almost at 2,000 and sources believe that number could increase. Although aid is starting to trickle in, there are many areas that haven’t yet been searched because they are unable to be accessed. This storm tore through villages and left thousands of injured people behind in the aftermath. It cut down power lines, leaving residents with no power and no running water.
The Philippines is a country made up of a cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean. The capital is Manila. Tacloban, which is about 400 miles southeast of the capital of Manila, was hit the hardest. It is a large city and is the capital of the Leyte province. The total destruction has made it extremely difficult for rescuers to get to those in their time of need. This deadly storm has been the most notable weather event for the hurricane season of 2013. In fact, the winds gusted at over 150 mph, resulting in a widespread path of flattened homes and business that are barely recognizable even by people who have lived in the area all of their lives.
Along with shelter and food, residents are in desperate need of clean drinking water. Hospitals are also calling for antibiotics and other supplies that will allow them to treat the thousands of injured people that flocked in needing treatment. The United States has started sending aid in and has utilized military personnel to help people who have lost everything. Troops are heading over by air and by sea. They are taking large equipment, such as tractors and bulldozers, to help with the clean-up.
Although the United States government and the UN have both pledge monetary amounts in the millions to help with relief efforts, more is needed. Entities such as the Philippine Red Cross will also be utilized and will be looking to the public to donate to the cause. All types of supplies will be needed from building supplies, clothing, food, clean water, and medications. The destruction from this weather related catastrophe is similar to the destruction of hurricane Katrina in 2005. It may end up being even more costly, so every donation large and small will no doubt be put to good use.