Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Super Typhoon Yolanda And How It Unites The Entire Nation and The World

I received an email notification yesterday from the Country Manager of the company that I am working for and it was heart warming to see everyone working hand in hand to send help to our fellow countrymen after the wrath of Yolanda last week. This super typhoon was one of the most powerful storms that have landed inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
A Mayor from one of the provinces that were severely damaged by the storm advised those who have relatives in Tacloban to go to the devastated city, extract what is left of the family and bring them out of there because there was nothing to eat in Tacloban right now.  “Take them out of there, bring them outside, you can’t get anything there, not even a piece of candy,” he said. He said he did not know whether to cry or shout in anger when he saw the devastation in Tacloban.

Then today, as I rode the bus, I was in tears while scrolling through almost all posts made by people from all walks of life in Facebook. Relief goods, cash donations and prayers are coming from all parts of the globe.

These are some of the information I have gathered from different websites on how and where help is coming from…
United Nations25 million 
United States20 million 
United Kingdom16.1 million 
United Arab Emirates10 million 
Australia9.5 million 
Canada4.8 million 
European Union4 million 
Norway3.4 million 
Denmark3.1 million
New Zealand1.75 million 
Ireland1.4 million 
Vatican 150,000

NBA Miami Heat give $1 million to Yolanda relief efforts.
Australia pledged Aus$10 million dollars (US$9.38 million), of which Aus$4 million will go to a United Nations global appeal and Aus$3 million for Australian non-government organizations.
Britain offered an emergency support package worth US$9.6 million. UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening said Britain will activate its Rapid Response Facility, which provides emergency support via pre-approved organizations in the event of a humanitarian disaster overseas. The UK Rapid Response Facility support of £5 million to partners on the ground can provide crucial humanitarian aid for up to 500,000 people, including temporary shelter and access to clean water.
Canada pledged up to US$5 million to humanitarian organizations trying to help survivors in the Philippines.
The European Union said it would give three million euros (US$4 million) toward relief efforts. The Ambassador of the European Union Guy Ledoux said EU will stand by the Philippines and provide humanitarian aid to families affected by the super typhoon. "An EU humanitarian aid team is already in the Philippines to assess the impact of the typhoon and find out how the EU can be most helpful to those most urgent needs," he said. The European Commission said it would give US$4 million (three million euros) to help in relief efforts.
The Red Cross of China is donating US$100,000 in emergency humanitarian aid to support relief efforts. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the massive destruction. We wish to express our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the victims and the families that have suffered immense loss of lives and properties,  said China’s message given by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. Wang said China is closely monitoring the relief work for assessment of further support.
Germany's embassy in Manila said an initial shipment of 23 tons of aid was being flown in and German rescue teams were already at work. It also said that a team from the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) is on its way to the Philippines to provide assistance in the devastated regions.
Japan is sending a 24-member medical team from its Japan Disaster Relief (JDR). Earlier, two personnel from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan International Cooperation Agency arrived in the Philippines on November 10 to assess the damage.
New Zealand, which chipped in US$124,000 earlier, increased its humanitarian relief, bringing its total to NZ$2.15 million (US$1.78 million), Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said.
Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, through the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND), has pledged US$100,000, according to Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Singapore will donate 50,000 Singapore dollars (US$ 40,000) through the Singapore Red Cross to support relief efforts in the Philippines.
Taiwan's government pledged immediate cash aid of US$200,000.
Turkey is expected to send 90 tons of relief supplies, according to its Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate. As a first step, Turkey will send 1,000 tents, 8,000 blankets, and 1,000 kitchen tools in addition to food aid to the Philippines.
 United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon promised UN humanitarian agencies would "respond rapidly to help people in need." The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) said a cargo plane carrying 60 tons of aid including shelters and medicine would arrive in the Philippines Tuesday, to be followed by deliveries of water purification and sanitation equipment.
The United States military is sending personnel and equipment. Some 90 Marines and sailors, and two KC-130J Hercules aircraft, left Japan for the Philippines on Saturday, with equipment including tilt-rotor aircraft which can operate without runways, Marines Colonel John Peck said.
Vietnam is donating emergency aid worth US$100,000 and will continue to consider practical support measures within its capacity

I may have missed on some other help from other locations, my apologies, but please accept the nation's deepest gratitude for all the help that is coming our way.
Thank you to everyone from all parts of the globe!!!

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