The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan is unimaginable. Hundreds of thousands in southern parts of the Philippines have been left hungry and homeless. The Philippine Red Cross estimates that about 5 million people have been affected by the storm, with around 600,000 displaced, and around 1,200 found dead, and another 10,000 either dead or missing.
The scene in Tacloban — the city that bore the brunt of it all — is grim. There are accounts of chaos and violence in utter desperation. This is the devastation caused by what many news outlets are reporting as one of the most intense typhoons in recorded history.
For those of you outside of the Philippines looking to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, here are some of the many ways you can help (via CNN). For those of you in the Philippines, here is a list of ways you can help (via Rappler).
If you are looking for missing persons who might have been affected and/or displaced by Haiyan, you can consult Google Person Finder or contact the Philippine Red Cross. An official list of casualties has been compiled here, and a list of survivors can be seen here. Both lists are regularly being updated.
A friendly reminder to those looking to help out: please take the necessary measures to make sure your money goes to reputable organizations. Your help is desperately needed and much appreciated, but will be for naught if it falls into the wrong hands.
In a matter of hours on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan completely devastated parts of the central Philippines. It was one of the strongest storms ever recorded. The death toll is estimated up to 10,000 with hundreds of thousands more displaced. The country has declared a “state of calamity.”
To everyone else, please help those desperate for clean water and food by donating to the UN World Food Programme:
- USA: Text
27722to donate $10
- UK: Text
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- Canada: Text
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- Donate online
Manila Bay in 1960. On view is the Roxas Boulevard (formerly known as Dewey Blvd, set up according to the Burnham design) and the U.S. Embassy, which was the former residence of U.S. High Commissioners in the time of the Philippine Commonwealth.
From the collection of lougopal.com
“Bawal ang Mahirap sa UP" (No Poor Students Allowed in UP), Cleve Kevin Robert V. Arguelles (Student Regent, University of the Philippines)
to put it into context: the university operates under a socialized tuition fee system, the basis of which is economic. the default and highest bracket is bracket A, where a student’s total annual family income (from both parents) is over Php 1,000,000. (more information on this here.)
the tuition fee for bracket A in UP Diliman, UP Manila, and UP Los Baños Php 1,500/unit, not including other expenses. the basic unit load for a semester is 15 units. the current exchange rate (as of March 16, 2013) is 40.59 Philippine pesos to 1 USD.
These photos were taken at the candle lighting ceremony for [name redacted], a UP Manila freshie who committed suicide after being advised to file a Leave of Absence (LOA) because she cannot pay the tuition fee.
“Iskolar” ng Bayan ang tawag sa atin ngunit bakit marami pa rin ang hindi nakakatamasa ng magandang edukasyon? To think na state university ang UP, bakit hindi magawa maging flexible ng admin regarding sa ganitong policies? Kinabukasan ng mga estudyante ang nakasalalay, ngayon may kinuha pang isang buhay.
EDUCATION IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE.
ISKOLAR NG BAYAN NGAYON AY LUMALABAN!
EDUKASYON! EDUKASYON! KARAPATAN NG MAMAMAYAN!