Our thoughts and concerns today are with the people of the Philippines, many of whom faced the onslaught of Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines), the strongest typhoon the country has ever experienced. It is estimated that 10,000 people have lost their lives in Tacloban alone, the Philippine city that has been hardest this past weekend.
Aid convoys are having difficulty reaching the ravaged areas due to lack of functional roads and a scarcity of airports, the result of years of poverty and corrupt government spending. According to a New York Times article, a Red Cross aid convoy ‘had to turn back on Sunday after it stopped at a collapsed bridge and was nearly hijacked by a crowd of hungry people.’ Phone service is also out in certain regions.
If you are able, visit the Red Cross website to learn how to help. And please continue to check various news outlets for updates on the developing story. Mabuhay.