Typhoon Haiyan: Only ‘heartfelt condolences’ are not sufficient for Philippines

Published on : Monday, November 11, 2013

typhoon-haiyan1Already more than 10,000 people have been reported dead in Philippines. The beautiful land of hills, rivers and scenic delights is currently facing probably the worst crisis ever following Typhoon Haiyan’s mass destruction. After three days of carnage, the devastation and desperation of the survivors are slowly coming into light.

Photos from the city of Tacloban showed vast stretches of land swept clean of homes. People desperate for food and water raided aid convoys and looted stores. The land which now bears an uncanny resemblance with a post-apocalyptic world, is in desperate need to reboot its spirit. But how?

As Monday dawned, it was evident that Typhoon Haiyan has ravaged and massacred cities and towns leaving thousands dead and probably a million homeless.“We are seeing a lot of dead throughout the province,” said Brig. Gen. Domingo Tutaan Jr., spokesman for the Philippine armed forces. “I have been in the service for 32 years and I have been involved with a lot of calamities. I don’t have words to describe what our ground commanders are seeing in the field.”

As aid crews struggle to send reliefs to the starving survivors, the Government of Philippines is in a fix on how to deal with the situation. One can see people walking like zombies, searching for food, clothes and shelter. Looting will be rampant; at least that’s what crisis has taught us.

Travel and Tour World expresses deep condolences to the victims of Philippines. However, at this point of time Philippines needs something more than a mere condolence.


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