Typhon Haiyan Is a Disaster of unimaginable proportions

UPDATE 3:

Channel Ten has an extensive list on how to help on top of the list I provided the first day. They will need help for years to come. It is the initial hours and days when most of the monetary support comes in.

 

UPDATE 2: 

This comes via National Geographic as to what we can expect due to Climactic Change.

Haiyan is a strange storm in both its strength and because it comes very late in the typhoon season, which officially ended November 1, said Colin Price, head of the geophysical, atmospheric, and planetary sciences department at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Although the overall number of hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons—all the same weather phenomenon—hasn’t increased over the past decades, the proportion of more intense storms has, Price explained. (See “Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone: What’s the Difference?”)

“All typhoons feed off the warm ocean waters,” he said. The moisture-laden air above these regions is the fuel that fires the engines in these storms.

“We’ve seen in the past decades the oceans are warming up, likely due to climate change,” said Price. “So warmer oceans will give us more energy for these storms, likely resulting in more intense storms.”

The discussion around the world is mostly over. It is the United States where we are still having political leaders refusing to admit that perhaps we are causing this. For some this is a religious matter. I will leave you with this, if you believe that the Noah story is real. No, God did not promise to destroy the world due to flood. He had no words though about humans doing it. We are doing a fine job of it.

What worries me is not what will happen to us, but to coming generations. They will indeed inherit a world in the midst of climate change, and extinction levels not seen since the age of the dinosaurs. We know that top tier species do not survive extinction level events. We might have, indeed, triggered one.

UPDATE 1: 

According to the Weather Channel, from a reporter in the field, for CCTV, this might be compared to the Tsunami at Banda Acce, He also said that entire villages are gone, and that it felt more like a tornado. The video embedded has incredible images of the destruction. They also report that:

Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone “could go up to 10,000.” Tacloban is the Leyte provincial capital of 200,000 people and the biggest city on Leyte Island.

About 300-400 bodies have already been recovered, Lim said. A mass burial was planned Sunday in Palo town near Tacloban.

They also added that:

Tropical meteorology expert Dr. Jeff Masters said that with sustained winds at 195 mph and gusting to 235 mph, the storm was the strongest tropical cyclone on record to ever make landfall and “the 4th strongest tropical cyclone in world history. The previous record was held by the Atlantic’s Hurricane Camille of 1969, which made landfall in Mississippi with 190 mph winds.”

It is time for all of us to comprehend that more energy in the atmosphere will lead to more powerful storms. For the moment, pray for the living and the dead if you believe in that, and find a charity to give some to. They will need it.

According to the latest information there are 10,000 dead expected. The Typhoon entered the central region of Leyte and according to civil defense officials.

Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla on Saturday and told there were about 10,000 deaths on the island, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings.

Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone “could go up to 10,000.”

The Philippine Red Cross is already mobilizing and from their own website:

• Red Cross conducts assessment, sends aid after supertyphoon battered Visayas
After super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) battered Visayas, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment, rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts.

• Following Typhoon Yolanda PRC deploys Assessment and Rescue Teams with Welfare Desks
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment and rescue teams to the areas affected by recent typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), locally known as Yolanda, to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts.

The site also has ways for you to help the Red Cross even from the United States. The direct link is here.

Suffice it to say, the disaster is not over as the Typhoon has left scores of death, collapsed buildings, and infrastructure damage that is almost unimaginable. Now it is moving towards Vietnam, where people have been ordered to evacuate the coastline. Given that in the Philippines the storm surge reportedly was as high as trees, it is a good idea.

You also should know this is not the first typhoon, but according to UNICEF the fourth one in a month, plus a quake. So the islands have been literally battered, almost constantly. At the link you will also find a link to donate to UNICEF. Regardless of the humanitarian organization you chose to give money to, it will go to those who desperately need the help.



Categories: disaster response, emergencies

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  1. This is a disaster of Brobdingnagian proportions, and we are going to see more of these as the world continues to heat up. Yes, it isn’t possible to say “global warming caused this” but more and bigger storms are predicted. These type of humanitarian disasters are gong to increase, sad to say.

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