Monday, 11 November 2013

Haiyan flattens whole towns across the Phillipines

News Report on Haiyan in Philippines from India's Zee News

Whole towns and villages have been flatten across the Philippines from Manila to Cebu since Haiyan touched down on the Phillipines last Thursday killing 10,000 people. Although Philippines have experienced 20 typhoons this year alone, the typhoons destruction caught millions of people off guard and with nowhere to hide. Infrastructure such as housing, schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, parks and electric stations have all been ripped apart and pummeled by Haiyan's brutal winds which is the largest and deadliest in modern history. No doubt fueled by global warming and climate change. The Philippines is made up of over 1000+ islands like Japan, searching for survivors and delivering necessary aid in forms of food, medicines and clothing for survivors and the non affected people who managed to escape, will be difficult. Some tens of thousands of Filipinos are currently homeless and are missing loved ones who were caught in the eyes of the storm. Sadly, the devastating typhoon will become more common in the future and there is a chance that typhoons of this magnitude will wreck havoc over other neighboring countries. Thousands of bodies are being recovered across Philippines and buried in mass graves as Filipino emergency forces and agencies scramble to reach people impeded by large debris in now isolated destroyed towns or remain trap under the debris. Haiyan's aftermath is reminiscence of Haiti's post earthquake recovery and survival. In a cruel twist of fate, Haiyan's destruction coincides with another incoming typhoon. It also comes as the Climate Change Summit is occurring in Poland. Filipino Chief Yeb Sano, (whose hometown of Tacloban lost 1,000 people out of a population of 220,000) attended the summit delivering a heart felt address to summit gathers to take the dangerous of climate change as a necessity to safeguard the lives of billions of people at the mercy of terrifying typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes and fires that literally devouring nations directly exposed to Mother Nature's unforgiving wrath each month and year.

Climate Change Chief Yeb Sano mourns for his hometown Tacloban and country will go on a hunger strike for climate change

The Phillipines borders Malayasia to its South, Japan to its Northeast, China to its Northwest and Indonesia to its far south. It is a Tagolog, English and Spanish speaking country home to 1000+ islands and millions of citizens. It is also one of the largest Catholic countries in Southeast Asia.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Typhoons and floods in Phillipines

Typhoon Haikan has killed 10,000 people women, children and men across the Philippines. The Filipino people are no strangers to climatic changes and the reoccurring typhoons annually. Philippines and most of the Asian island and mainland nations in the Pacific Ocean live in the Ring of Fire. Its where the tectonic plates and its deadly fault lines meet creating choatic earthquakes every decade. It is also where volcanic eruptions have simmered and erupted without warning. Alongside the typhoons, millions of people also face the path of giant freak storms and catastrophic Tsunami as witnessed by Japan and 2004 Asian Tsunami that killed 220, 000+ people in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh. The aftershock of the Tsunami was felt all the way in South Africa, Yemen, Seychelles and Tanzania.  Philippines like other tropical countries have only two seasons dry season lasting from October-March and the Wet Season from April-September. After the typhoons often comes flooding that lasts for days and sometimes weeks destroying infrastrucutre and lives in cities, towns and villages. Over the past year, typhoons and floods have become more frequent not only Philippines but also in China where the country recently witnessed an unannounced but expected typhoon flood across villages and towns which left hundreds of people homeless and several people missing. Bangladesh has battles floods and typhoons for most of its existence. Mother nature and water has become an existential threat since the country is one of the world's most low lying countries who can face receeding into the sea if the polar icecaps were to melt completely. Even if the ice caps do remind, Bangladesh still faces being washed away over time by strong and less mild typhoons, earthquakes and floods that affect the capital Dhaka. Numerous people have gone missing as Haikan continues to move from Phillipines and head towards Vietnam.