aaron2

Feeling sorry for the people in Visayas!

NEW articles daily! Subscribe below to receive daily updates with our new articles!

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Just watching on TV the aftermath of  typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda really made my heart ache for the people in the Visayas especially to the people in Leyte. Seeing the dead people lining up all over the place really makes me cry. I just saw on the news before I went to bed a dad was carrying his 5 or 6 year old dead daughter to bring to the area where they could embalm the kid. Not sure if she will belong to the mass graves then because of lack of facilities already. No medicine I think to do it. They’re already out.  Almost every building there collapsed already. They just made  hospital bed under the tent. I also saw a lady underneath the debris, just by watching I know that she’s dead. Seeing the news feed from my FB, I was crying seeing the whole family, the dad just open his arm one arm his wife was lying the other arm his kids. They were all dead. It’s so hard to see and not shed tears.

Really I didn’t think of it the first day after the typhoon. Not much feed from the media at that time. Communications were down. Everyone waits, until the press releases a lot of the videos. My gosh, it’s so hard watching the TV without crying. I thought the Pablo and Sendong were disastrous  already but what we have now really devastates us more. Too many towns almost wiped out. Too many people lost their lives. To be honest when we went to give out to the Pablo victims before I was pretty scared that people might attack us because they really are in need of food and clothing, which they almost did. I am more scared of the people there right now. I think to give out right now you have to have some military with you to help out that you, as a giver will not get hurt too. I’ve heard from a person that I knew that they were mugged by just walking to go to the safe area for shelter. People just be thinking they had some food with them. They were really scared for their life.

Get Relocation Consulting and Coaching from Live in the Philippines

I’m really sad for the people of the Philippines right now. Three years in a row, we’ve been hit hard by really bad typhoons. A few times people here were not ready. After those few disastrous events the government and the town officials that were supposed to be in the path, they’ve been trying to be prepared before the typhoon hit. But no matter how prepared the place was it is still caught off guard. Nobody can predict what mother nature will do. Lots of those people that already went to the evacuation center, but the water just swept them away. I’ve seen, a news people take shelter from the church, thinking that it would be safe there since it’s a big building and it’s concrete. But guess what the roof just flew away, then the building just starts falling. They made video and you can hear the wind whistling and the tree just breaking to pieces and flying all over the place. The news lady just starts crying relating the events because in her mind that’s the end of them. Listening to her I was crying too. I can’t blamed her for crying on air. No communications there right now all cell towers were down and no powers in almost all the places there.

If you wanted to see the names of your loved ones. Check SunStar and other big news TV station from time to time on their website they will post the names there:

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2013/11/10/list-typhoon-yolanda-survivors-tacloban-313035

We will continue praying for the people there that suffered and lost their lives. To the LiP family that lost some love ones there our heart goes out to you guys. Prayers for all of you. Be strong and God be with you all!

Love & Prayer to all of you!!!

Posted in

Feyma

Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

Most Shared Posts

38 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gerald Glatt
Gerald Glatt
8 years ago

This is beyond comprehension. But I see comments and complaints, people seeking someone something to blame. That help is too slow that not enough help from PH government, EU, US, China, Russia. There is help. There is food, water clothes aplenty even planes dropping supplies. But where how much how do you know if your’re helping or just throwing things away. I know it does not help to say they are doing all they can if you have no water or food, or even simple medicine or bandages. Bless every responder, and all who give even just a prayer. To… Read more »

Hey Joe
8 years ago

Feyma, There are many criticizing the government for Slow response in getting relief supplies to the area and while some slow response has been noted, Not all of the problems can be blamed on the government. The airport was destroyed, There is no local Air Traffic control, No Instrument Landing systems or Runway lights for night landing. Like wise the port was severely damaged. The Arrival of the USS George Washing to should help greatly as It has it own air traffic control systems on board and can take local control of the airport from the sea. More over I… Read more »

Dirk
Dirk
8 years ago

Hi Feyma,

When I hear the amount of food, water and shelters I know it is not enough to help everyone. I am very worried about what it’s going to be like in a monh after the media has lost focus. Weave decided that if there any orphaned children, we may try to adopt so they can have a better life and future after such a tradgey. I hope people look at alternative ways to help as well.

don m.
8 years ago

What a storm.. This is where all my Philippine family lives. We have not heard from them since the storm. Third party told us that they are alive but hungry. All my family but my in-laws lost there homes. My in-laws roof is said to be damaged but we will help them with a repair. We heard the water got up to waist high in the house–but house stood the test of design. We have spend a lot of time watching tv and on the computer and phone talking to others who have the same problem. A lot of tears… Read more »

AJUK
AJUK
8 years ago

You can see what this disaster meant to the world by the donations which have flooded in as reported on the BBC website (figures changing all of the time and I’m sure there is a lot which is not reported here) – Asian Development Bank: $500m (£312m) emergency loans and $23m in grants Australia: A$30m ($28m, £17m) package, including aircraft, medical staff, shelter materials, water containers and hygiene kits China: 10m yuan ($1.6m; £1m) in relief goods plus $200,000 (£120,000) from government and Red Cross European Commission: $11m (£6.8m) Indonesia: Logistical aid including aircraft, food, generators and medicine Japan: $50m… Read more »

Miss August
Miss August
8 years ago
Reply to  AJUK

I pray and hope that the donations will actually go to the people in need. I want to see accountability and transparency for the donations being given to the Philippines.

AJ UK
AJ UK
8 years ago
Reply to  Feyma

The aid just keeps pouring in!

I hope you don’t mind me posting links.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24970066
http://www.philippineflightnetwork.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24936387

It’s just amazing how much the world wants to help the Philippines

Brenton
Brenton
8 years ago
Reply to  AJ UK

AJ – The UK has really helped with substantial money. It is almost 3.5 billion peso. There are about 10 million Pinoy’s globally. So their impact on the world is felt. I think that makes a difference to people helping the Philippines in a big way. Most countries have developed strong ties with Philippine people. I come from Queensland, Australia and there are about 1 in 100 people that are Pinoy, in America about 4 million which is about 1 in 100.

Paul Shepherd
Paul Shepherd
8 years ago

Hi Feyma, My name is Paul, and a resident of Japan. My heart goes out to all the victims of Haiyan/Yolanda. I have passed through Tacloban several times while visiting my son in the Philippines. Such a lovely city -Tacloban, and I hear that eighty percent of it has been devastated by the Typoon. I still have clear memories of the city of how it was before the disaster struck. My two year old son , and his mother live there in Southern Leyte. From what I have gathered from the internet Southern Leyte managed to escape the wrath of… Read more »

Toti
Toti
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Shepherd

Hello Mr. Shepherd, My name is Toti, currently residing in the US, originally from Southern Leyte. My family are doing fine. There are problems but they are alive, thank God. I’ve talked to them thru their cell phones. The whole Southern Leyte have no electricity, they were told they might have it back in January. They charge their cell phones by paying 15 pesos to someone who has a generator in town. Grocery stores in Sogod are running out of goods, banks and money transfer are running out of money, gasoline and/or kerosene are running out, they can only buy… Read more »

Paul Shepherd
Paul Shepherd
8 years ago
Reply to  Feyma

Hi Feyma,

Thank you for your encouraging comments. Toti has written information that has given me a clearer picture of the situation, and I am now in touch with my loved ones. I am grateful that they are all ok. Your article has been very helpful, I can now react on the information received. I wish and pray for a speedy recovery of all those who got caught up in this terrible catastrophe.
God bless you!

Paul Shepherd
Paul Shepherd
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Shepherd

Hi Toti, Thank you for the information. This is only first hand information that I have been able to obtain about the situation on the ground. Immediately after reading what you had written, I tried again to call, and managed to get through. They are all fine (thank god), but food and gasoline are in shortage due to panic buying. In connection, with remittances, small amounts may get through, again like you say, banks and money transfer are running out of money. They were due to fly to Japan to spend Christmas & the New Year with me, and had… Read more »

PapaDuck
PapaDuck
8 years ago

Mrs Feyma, It saddens me watching it on TV. So much suffering. I can’t imagine going several days w/o food. What upsets me is NPA and other criminals stopping the trucks and robbing food. Alot of criminals on the loose after the jails were destroyed robbing, stealing from people. Eight people were killed trying to steal rice from a warehouse when the building collapsed. The Marines are taking supplies in the Osprey aircraft to the remote villages where there no other way to get supplies to them. Watching people push and shove to get on a C-130 back to Manila… Read more »

loren pogue
loren pogue
8 years ago

Sad, sad situation.

Brenton
Brenton
8 years ago

Feyma – I haven’t watched footage, but it would be difficult to watch. International communities have stepped up with much support. Recovery is always slow despite all the help though. May the peace of God that transcends all understanding, be with the Philippines through the recovery.

maria
maria
8 years ago

There is mass panic of food running out so prices are soaring

SIGN UP TO JOIN OUR GIVEAWAYS & INFO NEWSLETTER

Make sure you've signed up to our newsletter to get exclusive newsletter only content! Also be updated about all our important events and other important info that our readers rely on.

SIGNUP FORM


Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.