‘Biggest Storm in History’ Devastates the Philippines
On 7 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan was approaching the Philippines even as the government warned citizens to protect themselves. Already being called the ‘biggest storm in history’, Haiyan was threatening our homeland with torrential rains and winds with gusts in excess of 200 mph. Four days later (November 11) things could not be much worse for most of the central islands.
Typhoon Haiyan made landfall with all the wrath and fury forecasters said was coming. Moreover, while Filipinos are used to powerful storms, no one could have prepared them for the death and devastation they would face. Early reports suggested the death toll could be in the region of 10,000 – very believable given the fact that largely urban Tacloban, in Leyte province, was nearly wiped off the map.
The most devastating part of Haiyan was the storm surge. Some witnesses claim it was as bad as the tsunami that overwhelmed the Indian Ocean region in December 2004. As the mountain of water came ashore it demolished buildings, overturned cars and pulled people out to sea, only to toss them inland again on the next wave.
People in the hardest hit areas are now attempting to pick up the pieces while scrounging for food, water, and medical supplies. In some of the more remote areas, there is no way to estimate the damage at the time of this writing because communications have been cut off. We hope and pray for the best.
Filipinos are a resilient people who will recover from the devastating typhoon; we remain united and strong together. If you can help financially, please consider donating to any of the charities helping in the recovery effort. The staff of Great Pinoy Magazine and Finest Workers UK offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers to all the victims of this terrible storm.