Today the skies are dark and cloudy with some hard rain showers but nothing like the super typhoon that has just passed through. With flip of a switch late last evening the power came back on and then we had soon back drinking water and electricity. But I am waiting while hold my breath for the next disaster to fall as the local and national leaders prepare.
As many as 10,000 people are believed dead in one Philippine city alone after one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes and schools. Corpses hung from tree branches and were scattered along sidewalks and among flattened buildings, while looters raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water.
The typhoon Haiyan raced across the eastern and central Philippines, inflicting serious damage to at least six of the archipelago’s more than 7,000 islands, with Leyte, neighboring Samar Island, and the northern part of Cebu appearing to take the hardest hits. It weakened as it crossed the South China Sea before approaching northern Vietnam, where it was forecast to hit early Monday morning.
On Leyte, regional police chief Elmer Soria said the provincial governor had told him there were about 10,000 deaths there, primarily from drowning and collapsed buildings. Most of the deaths were in Tacloban, a city of about 200,000 that is the biggest on Leyte Island.
On Samar, Leo Dacaynos of the provincial disaster office said 300 people were confirmed dead in one town and another 2,000 were missing, while some towns have yet to be reached by rescuers. He pleaded for food and water and said power was out and there was no cell phone signal, making communication possible only by radio.
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Aerial view of aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan http://news.yahoo.com/video/aerial-view-aftermath-typhoon-haiyan-213352240.html
The scope of Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation http://theweek.com/article/index/252604/the-scope-of-typhoon-haiyans-devastation
US, British warships sent to typhoon-hit Philippines http://news.yahoo.com/un-more-10-000-feared-dead-philippines-storm-180521125.html
Relief effort begins after Philippine typhoon http://news.yahoo.com/relief-effort-begins-philippine-typhoon-063219805.html
Massive Destruction As Typhoon Kills At Least 10000 in the Philippines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DZ2FZpxXAo
May the peace of the Lord be with you always, Uncle Chuck
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