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Devastation in the Philippines

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LoopaDaLoopa Sun 10-Nov-13 08:44:04

Whole cities still not yet accounted for. sad Estimated 10,000 dead on the island of Leyte alone, according to some sources.

I have close friends who are missing their entire families. sad Why is this not being discussed on MN, or have I missed it?

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 10-Nov-13 08:45:19

sad sad 10,000 in Tacloban city alone according to this

meditrina Sun 10-Nov-13 08:50:21

I saw this on the BBC page, and the figures for the dead and missing are staggering. Yesterday it was being reported as 100 and expected to rise.

I'm not sure that Europe has yet cottoned on to the scale of the disaster and the loss of life.

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 10-Nov-13 08:53:22

It is horrific. So many people unaccounted for, it could still go up a lot from what I'm reading

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 10-Nov-13 08:54:11

Philippines Red Cross donations page if anyone has anything to spare

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 10-Nov-13 08:59:36

awful images

oricella Sun 10-Nov-13 09:07:13

There's a handful of us on a thread in weather - but most people seem to be more interested in the latest christmas ads sad . Devastating situation and only worse news to come..

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 10-Nov-13 09:15:26

There's nothing we can do, is there? Except donate, and wait. I'm in Malaysia so not far away, wondering if there's something more real I can do

AnyaKnowIt Sun 10-Nov-13 09:19:09

Heard reports that it could be worse then the boxing day one sad

meditrina Sun 10-Nov-13 09:19:43

I've just spotted the Weather thread too

UK is sending aid (cash to some organisations - total first tranche £5m - and experts). Unless you have relevant expertise, then all that you can do is send money in the short term and then other items if/when specifically appealed for.

oricella Sun 10-Nov-13 09:25:34

There really is so little we can do. And where on earth do you start with rebuilding and making it storm proof?

ohshitimlate Sun 10-Nov-13 09:27:01

I'm aware but not discussing as there is nothing I can do. It's so utterly horrible sad

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 10-Nov-13 09:34:25

Fair point.

TanteRose Sun 10-Nov-13 10:20:25

plea by Philippines climate delegate a whole fucking YEAR ago

it makes me sick that we KNOW these major events are coming, they are getting more frequent and yet nothing changes sad

we have the money and technology to send astronauts into space, to photograph this storm so that the weather girl on CNN can say how "spectacular" it looks from space hmm , but we can't find the money and resources to build levies to protect from storm surge, or make sure that people have decent homes to live in, or storm shelters, or evacuation plans, or transport to is a fucking CRIME sad

TanteRose Sun 10-Nov-13 10:23:14

just to clarify, the delegate is talking about Typhoon Bopha that hit the Philippines a year ago

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 10-Nov-13 10:36:52

It's awful, isn't it? stuff a few bit multinationals on Leyte and they'd soon have surge barriers...

CraftyBuddhist Sun 10-Nov-13 17:01:58


CraftyBuddhist Sun 10-Nov-13 17:02:31

Please people. Donate. Even if you don't post.

Please donate.

CraftyBuddhist Sun 10-Nov-13 17:04:16


Feel very sad- what a terrible tragedy. Can only sit back and wish for those who have survived not to suffer further.

meditrina Sun 10-Nov-13 17:10:24

Latest BBC article - it all sounds very grim, in terms of the death toll and the circumstances of the survivors.

Th storm is now heading for Vietnam, where 600,000 people have been evacuated prior to expected landfall.

CatAmongThePigeons Sun 10-Nov-13 17:27:47

So awful that it was known this would happen and nothing has been done.

Someone I know may be in the Philippines. sad

BoreOfWhabylon Sun 10-Nov-13 18:30:53


moldingsunbeams Sun 10-Nov-13 18:51:14

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OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 10-Nov-13 18:54:39

I'll put a link on the weather thread so people looking at that have some idea of how they can contribute.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 10-Nov-13 19:01:21

For those going via the Philippines Red Cross page 1500php =£15

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