Filipinos in the Visayan region had believed that they were fully prepared to face the impending danger posed by Yolanda when the swirling mass of strong winds and heavy rains whipped their villages into a frenzy of annihilation. The severely affected were in various states of devastation and grief. How ironic was it, really, that those who took extreme precaution and were confident of their safety, suffered from such a cruel fate?
Out of 11 million Filipinos who were affected by the tropical cyclone, 1.9 million were rendered homeless and over 6,000,000 were displaced in the aftermath. In Tacloban (Leyte) alone, there was an over ninety percent evaluation of structural damage. There were 5,936 recorded casualties, but the actual death toll remains unknown at present.
Mass burial at Tacloban, Leyte
No one can argue that this great calamity was a warning flare for all inhabitants of this deteriorating planet. Truly, nobody can credibly claim that they could be completely ready to encounter the threats of Mother Nature herself. People from all over the world, although segregated by opposing beliefs and different religions, are automatically granted the the status stewards of nature. The daunting results of the Visayan catastrophe was a form of admonition directed to all of us, we who have been bestowed with the task to protect and preserve this earthly sanctuary.
Thankfully, there was a satisfactory international response to those who were in dire need of aid.
“On behalf of the Filipino people, I thank the governments and peoples of so many nations as well as the donor organizations, who have pledged or already provided assistance, whether technical, financial, or in kind, for the relief and rebuilding efforts that we are undertaking in Leyte, Samar, and other provinces devastated by Haiyan,” Aquino had said in a statement.
Personally, I feel excessively grateful to all these sympathetic people who lent a hand to the (physically and mentally) injured Visayans. I think that this is a gradual but effective key to mend the hearts of the mourning, give a new source of courage to the hopeless, convince the world to save the dying planet, and build a unified front, both locally and internationally.
Also, the help and assistance offered to the victims is a surefire way to begin the Christmas season with a blast. Someday, by working hand in hand in restoring ancient Earth’s bounty in the present day, our descendants just might have the perfect, carefree Christmas celebration.