The news from the Philippines are heart breaking, and the reblogged survivor story brings the reality a bit closer! If you want to give the ones who survived the typhoon an opportunity to live and maybe in the future have some fun too, you can pitch in even from Finland, and even from your home, too: Unicef offers one good option. Further, the fundraisers of SPR (Finnish Red Cross) are now in many malls as well as in the opening event of Kallio Kipinöi, which is now repurposed to support the victims of Haiyan. Please feel free to add other ways of support to in the comment field. I was led to the story by Bronwyn.
Lieutenant Colonel Fermin Carangan is the Commanding Officer of TOG 8, the Air Force unit tasked to provide air support for the islands of Samar and Leyte. On the morning of Friday, November 8, he and his troops were in their office near the Tacloban Airport on red alert, having been informed of an incoming Super-Storm named Haiyan (local name: Yolanda). Here’s how he narrated his ordeal to Lt Col Allan Taguba, as Haiyan unleashed her fury on the city of Tacloban on that fateful Friday morning.
We were out of the office at 6 am Friday observing. Winds brought by Yolanda were already strong around that time. We (the Air Force troops in Tacloban) were prepared for the possibility of rescue missions days before the expected landfall of Yolanda. Just before 7 am, the rains started to pour, so we took shelter.
Around the same time, we noticed that…
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This is definitely a story which takes you right to the scene. I hope they manage to get aid through swiftly and efficiently – it’s a big challenge.