On Friday, November 8, 2013, one of the strongest storms ever recorded hit the Philippine Islands, killing at least 3,982 and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.
People all around the world have started to send aid to the Philippines, such as sending food, water, and money to help rebuild the country. People at Snow College have figured out a way to help as well.
Students and faculty members of Snow College have grouped together to raise money in the effort of helping people build new homes in the Philippines. On Saturday, November 23, they are sponsoring an event that will have a 5K run that anyone can participate in, as well as a fun run for kids 12 and younger. There will also be a bake sale and games for all ages.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that 1,602 people are still missing a week after the typhoon hit the Philippines. The land and property damage has amounted to nearly 269.12 million U.S. dollars.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, which is equivalent to a category 5 hurricane, slammed into the islands of the Philippines early Friday morning. With sustained winds reaching about 195 mph and with gusts around 235 mph, this typhoon has been recorded as one of the most powerful storms to ever hit land.
“From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami,” said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who was in Tacloban before the typhoon struck.
Elmer Soria, a regional police chief, said that there have been an estimated amount of 5,000 or more deaths on the island, most of them being caused by collapsed buildings and drowning. Many of the bodies have not yet been found because the cleanup process that is currently taking place
Danny Larsen, a man who survived the storm with his girlfriend, had to walk 10 miles to the nearest airport because roads were too filled with debris to drive on. On this walk, the sights he saw were devastating.
“There is nobody, no authorities to clean it up,” he said of the corpses. “It’s just regular people who have moved them out on the street so they don’t have to have them in their houses. There was death everywhere.”
The typhoon was so strong it managed to push large ships ashore and into the city. Many people are having troubles finding food, looting from malls and businesses has been reported.
“Hotels, everything – cash registers, even McDonalds – everything is looted. Anything that has any value. It’s like a movie,” said Larsen.
It will be weeks, maybe months, before electricity and plumbing are restored to the destroyed cities that were in Typhoon Haiyan’s path.
A mass burial was held on November 14, 2013, for some of the people who lost their lives in this storm, most of which were unable to be identified.