It really is sad to end the year right now. I am talking about what happened in Northern Mindanao just a few days ago. I was really shocked. The Cagayan de Oro & Iligan were caught off guard in the early dawn a few days ago when Typhoon Sendong hit Mindanao. The storm passed right over Davao, but we got only a day of moderate rain, no real problems. but, Cagayan and Iligan were devastated.
Watching and reading on line, it’s just so hard looking at the pictures. It just break my heart seeing the body of people all lined up and washed away by the water. I just can’t imagine the fears of those people especially the children before they died. I’ve heard from a family that they heard a story. A doctor just went home from his duty at the hospital and he went to the bathroom. He died there inside because he was just trapped there. He didn’t know that there is already water gushing outside his house. Stories like that really make you cry. The pictures speak for themselves. Devastation all over there.
I was seeing on line a man carrying a kid. I am guessing that was his child because he was crying looking at the lifeless kid on his arms. Just as I was typing this post, the death toll was almost to a thousand. My gosh, they even had to dug up a hole and buried all the dead. No more medicine for embalming and no more caskets available. Can you imagine the feelings of the family seeing one of their loved one just be buried in mass grave? It would be a nightmare. But nothing they could do about it. No medicines came yet for the dead people. If they will not do anything with the bodies other people would be really sick there then from the bad odor.
Just looking at the pictures, it really reminds me of the Japan tsunami. Cars were piled up all over the place. Some were even on top of the gates and houses. The debris was just all over. It really worries me how can they clean up the place right away. Just by watching on TV, I don’t think they even started yet. I don’t know if they got help from Manila. As always everything has to come from Manila though. I’ve heard big officials from Manila will be coming to see the damage. Hopefully they will send help right away too. I don’t think they even asked help outside the country yet. I know lots of other countries willing to help out.
All in all I know that the Filipino people were united in helping. I’ve seen Filipinos that live abroad gathered money and stuff to sent to the people in Cagaya De Oro and Iligan. Companies like LBC were also helping out. You can just drop off stuff to their branches anywhere in the world and they will send the items to the in-charge here in CDO and Iligan area. Good thing we are using them for our shipment here locally for our business. I liked it that they really tried to help out.
To all our friends here that lost their loved ones on that typhoon, our heartfelt prayers and condolences to you guys. Also for those who lost their houses and all their belongings we are praying for you guys quick recovery too. I know its a sad holiday season for you all. We are praying for guidance and wisdom.