To our friends and their families in the Philippines who have been hit by the typhoon

Discussion in 'Coffee Bar' started by BBW, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 8, 2013
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    BB
    I know we have had members from the Philippines and I'm not sure if they're still active here or not...but I know my heart, as well as other people's hearts, go out to all who have been devastated by the typhoon, so I offer this as a very small token to our friends and their families there. I'm sure we all will do what we can to help.

    I have also just posted this on Serious Compacts.
     
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  2. Gary

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    +1
     
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  3. pniev

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    Thank you for taking the initiative, BB. It must have been terrifying.

     
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  4. xdayv

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    Thank you all for all the support and prayers.... my heart is broken to see the people who have lost their loved ones and their properties.

    Just got back after 6 days of vitually no sleep, scarce food, limited potable water, and dealing with near life and death situations:
    http://www.xdayv.com/typhoon-yolanda-haiyan-in-tacloban-city/
     
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  5. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 8, 2013
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    BB
    Dave, thank you for coming on here, for being safe and for your deeply moving photographs. Please, if you can, keep us posted both pictorially and with your writings.

    I am glad you are OK and in a safe place.
     
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  6. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    NW corner of CT
    BB
    I just have to write more, Dave, to explain that I can't come up with the right words to express my reactions to your photographs, your descriptions and all that I've been hearing on the radio, reading in the paper or seeing on the news. Most of us are so incredibly lucky in never having been touched by such overwhelming devastation and loss. We shall all be doing whatever we can, I know, to help. Please continue to share your insights, Dave - they mean a lot to us and to all the other people who read this site but do not post.
     
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  7. xdayv

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    Thank you All.

    Really, very devastating. We lost almost everything. The only consolation we have right now is our whole family and relatives are safe. I pity those friends of mine who have lost their loved ones.

    Keep praying, the situation on the ground is improving but ever so slowly. Thank you for all the aids that are coming in from your respective countries. I will try to update you if there is anything major to report to as I am constantly monitoring with people there.
     
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  8. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    NW corner of CT
    BB
    Thanks so much, Dave and thank God and good luck you and yours are all safe. Please do let us know whatever you can whenever you can. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your country. Keep us posted and don't ever hold back.
     
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  9. xdayv

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    Mods: Please feel free to move or delete this thread if necessary, thanks.

    Some things to know based on my personal knowledge and information*:
    (I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information but this is based on what I personally know and from the info gathered inside and connections we have which I am in constant coordination.)

    1. Almost all motor-driven mode of transportation were damaged by the flood water including fire trucks. The only viable mode of transportation is by foot and bicycle. However, there are towns who had much lower levels of flood water, their cars and motocycles are running. 2-wheeled transportation is better because it can move easily than the bigger cars.

    2. Looting is everywhere, started in major retails stores in downtown and city proper then to the warehouses. The fear now is it now has been migrated to the residential area in the subdivisions and nearby towns.

    3. The source of looting is not only from the city itself, but from the nearby towns coming and surging in. Military checkpoints have been enforced the other day, let's hope this contains the influx of looters.

    4. Military presence has been augmented in the city. Deployment of military to the residential areas and towns is needed. Various crimes starting to rise including robbery, theft, murder and rape. As of yesterday, 4 batallions have been deployed.

    5. Food has reached to barangay levels as of this moment but still scarce.

    6. Water supply is very scarce, although there are some broken pipes that have water sources but no guarantee from contamination.

    7. Flooded water streets are contaminated with dirt, rust and dead bodies.

    8. Dead bloated bodies must be cleaned up, there already started to do so, but it still needs to be augmented.

    9. Major road networks have blockage of wreckage and dead bodies that exponentially slows down the flow of traffic especially the influx of relief goods.

    10. Major cell cites are operational but with limited coverage.

    11. No electric power but there are some major installations like headquarters and city hall that have generator that people can charge their mobile phones.

    12. Curfews have been implemented since the other day in order to maintain peace and order.

    13. Doctors and rescue volunteers have started to operate, but still lacking. Better than none. Supply of vital medicines are limited.
     
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  10. pniev

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    Thanks for keeping us posted, Dave. I won' t use any other words because there are no words for describing such a horrible situation.
    My thoughts are with you and all others affected.
    Peter
     
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  11. xdayv

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    Peter thank you. Much appreciated.
     
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  13. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

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    Dave, thank you again for bringing your perspective about what is going on, as well as your photographs. Many of us lose track of what is not in our own backyards or spread across the front page news.
     
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  14. xdayv

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  15. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

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    BB
    Dave, you are so thoughtful to keep this important reality alive with your photographs. I have to say that the ones you posted here are in stark juxtaposition to the ones on your website to which you've thankfully given us the link. For anyone who cares about what has happened and continues on in the area, I urge you to read further..
    I can only speak for myself here, but without seeing your photographs I feel as though it would be so easy to forget. I think the nonprofits refer to it as in terms that are escaping me right now...but with so many tragedies unfolding it is easy to lose track after a few weeks when these kinds of profound tragedies lose their front page status.

    Thank you, Dave.
     
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  16. xdayv

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    BB, thank you. God bless.
     
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  19. bilzmale

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    Thanks for sharing these Dave. They are a testament to the resilience of we humans.
     
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  20. xdayv

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    Bill thank you, much appreciated.