November 12, 2013

The Typhoon Yolanda Crisis

International assistance for the victims of typhoon Yolanda is pouring down in the Philippines. Almost 33 countries pledge to help the areas affected by the typhoon. The international donation for typhoon Yolanda approximately amounted to 2.3 billion Pesos; this will be a big help for the rehabilitation of the affected areas. Relatively, local businesses are seen to benefit as well from donation stimulus coming from abroad.

There is an increasing need to speed up the dissemination of relief goods to the affected areas. Once clearing operations by the government is completed, the relief goods (food, medicine, water and the likes) can be freely transported. While road clearing operation is being done, air and sea space can be utilized. Also, restoration of communication and electricity lines is important as this will provide information about progress of the ongoing relief operations in the east countryside. According to authorities it will take one to two months before electricity can be restored.

While government and private sector is preparing for relief operations, some people in typhoon affected areas, who are feeling the hunger, engaged to looting in the commercial establishments and private subdivisions. In the hike depression, authorities considers the situation as normal when goods looted include only the basics (food & water), yet, when it is more than the basic needs (like appliances & furniture), anti-criminal actions would be imposed. To prevent further looting incident, curfews were lifted. State of emergency was also declared by the government to manage the situation further.

The aftershock of typhoon Yolanda is now being felt by the devastated people. People are looking for food, shelter, medicine, and security (police visibility). The scenario is like, it is the end of the world, and survival of the fittest is the name of the game. Hope this will not last too long because people are in pain - physically, emotionally, and socially.

Everyone in the country feels the need to help. Some show their support by providing money, food, water, and clothes; others send their prayers. There is always a way to help - by just being a good and moral citizen, the burden that the country is carrying is lessened.

The country will rise again as one as a proof of united citizens.

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