Friday, November 15

We Need Superman

We need Superman after the super typhoon.

Today, let’s take a short break from English study and turn to world news.

As you probably already heard, the Philippines has suffered from a very powerful typhoon named “Haiyan” (local name: “Yolanda”). This is probably still part of the strange climate change happening all around the world.

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The damages brought by Typhoon Haiyan are unimaginable. Haiyan, after all, is classified as a “super typhoon.” It is the strongest typhoon in the world this year and some people say it’s the most powerful typhoon ever to hit land. Its winds blew up to 380 kilometers per hour!  

The Power of Typhoon Haiyan

More than half a million Filipinos lost their homes. So far, over 2000 people have been reported dead; at least 80 are missing.

But in this giant storm cloud, there is a silver lining. Amid all the negative news, there’s always something positive and a ray of hope shines through.

Many countries sent their support and sympathies – an overwhelming show of global cooperation – for which the Philippines feels very thankful.

At first, there was some trouble in sending water, food, and medicine to the typhoon victims. In other words, help couldn’t reach the victims fast enough.

But many people, both Filipinos and foreigners, are still doing their best to find and reach those who really need help.

They are the Super Men. They are the real heroes.

Tacloban City, Leyte

The city that suffered the most damage was Tacloban City in the province of Leyte.

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The airport of Tacloban was completely destroyed and it has now been turned into a temporary medical center. Thousands of victims continue to gather there. They live in an open space that isn’t protected from more rain and wind. There is no electricity and running water.

How You Can Help

If you are ready to help, here are different kinds of donations that you can send. You can donate especially:

(1) Water

Bottles of water are highly recommended. Water has become one of the most basic necessities in the damaged areas.

(2) Food

An example of this is high-energy biscuits, crackers, or wafers. Also canned goods like sardines, tuna, corned beef, luncheon meat, pork and beans. Rice is also suitable. But please keep in mind that there is no water or electricity in the damaged areas, so it’s difficult to prepare and eat instant noodles. And please check the expiration date of the foods. Make sure that they can last a long time.

(3) Medicine

Examples of this are basic medicine for flu, headache, fever, cold, cough etc. Alcohol and first-aid medicine for wounds are also recommended.

(4) Sources of light

It is expected that there won’t be any electricity in the areas for at least 2 months. So candles, matches, flashlights and batteries are recommended.

(5) Donations of Money

Before you send money, always make sure that the organization who will handle it is safe and trustworthy. Remember that there could be "scammers" (cheaters) that want to take advantage of the situation.

(6) Beddings

Examples of these are mats, blankets, mosquito nets, and tarpaulin.  

(7) Toiletries

You can send toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, sanitary napkin, shampoo, towel, cotton buds, anti-mosquito lotion, and diapers.

(8) Clothing

You can send old clothes, slippers, and new underwear for all ages.

Where to Send your Donations 

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I would like to leave with a positive message. Even though last year's typhoon wasn't as damaging as Haiyan, we can get inspiration from the images from that time: 

Thank You So Much for Your Support!

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