Why we need to help.

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The most devastating disaster in the Philippine history

Typhoon Yolanda, as it is known in the Philippines (or Typhoon Haiyan as it is known in parts of Asia) is the most destructive natural disaster in the Philippine history, killing over 5,000 people, and leaving thousands homeless. Food, water, medicine, clothing and shelter are the priority now as relief workers from all over the world are arriving to give aid. Many relatives in the U.S. are reaching out to their families, loved ones, and friends to support the victims of this tragedy.

The origin of the term bayanihan can be traced from a common tradition in Philippine towns where community members volunteer to help a family move to a new place by volunteering to transport the house to a specific location. The process involves literally carrying the house to its new location. This is done by putting bamboo poles forming a strong frame to lift the stilts from the ground and carrying the whole house with the men positioned at the ends of each pole. The tradition also features a small fiesta hosted by the family to express gratitude to the volunteers.

We have the opportunity to help.
Join us in solidarity to support the people of the Philippines and attend Bayanihan Typhoon Relief Concert, December 22 at the Mission San Jose in Fremont. The Mission Chamber players will be joined by community leaders, local government officials and Consul Reichel Quinones of the Philippine Consulate for this solemn occasion.

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

The map above shows the center of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) as it moved over the northern part of Leyte Island in the Philippines with estimated winds of 195 mph at landfall.

Typically, the worst impacts are felt in the right-front quadrant of landfalling tropical cyclones. In the case of Haiyan, this was just north of where the eye made landfall, including Tacloban City and Tanauan.

Haiyan's powerful winds helped send a very damaging storm surge into these locations. The darkest blue dots above are estimates of where the highest storm surge may have occurred. These estimates were made by computer models prior to when Haiyan made landfall.

Tacloban City's location at the top end of a bay makes it extremely vulnerable to storm surge flooding from landfalling typhoons with a path like Yolanda.


More information will be posted as it develops.

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--Photos courtesy: Peace Boat Disaster Volunteer Center



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