Typhoon Sendong Tragedy

I can’t believe I let it pass without even writing about it.

If you are a follower of my blog since 2009 then you may already know that I wrote a blog about a Typhoon last 2009-2010 (Ondoy). Now, another tragedy has struck a part of the Philippines and not to mention that it’s something greater considering the number of lives it took.

The name of the Typhoon is Sendong and it hit the Mindanao area of the Philippines last December 2011, a few days before Christmas. While I was cozied up at work (if there is such a term as “cozy while at work), the Typhoon hit parts of Cagayan de Oro and Surigao (along with other parts of Mindanao and Visayas) but as from what I can see from the news since Luzon (from where I am was mostly not affected), Cagayan de Oro or what most Filipinos call “CDO” received the blow. Over 1,000 lives were lost. Some bodies found, some, up to this date are still being searched for.

A few days after the typhoon, the “smell of death” enveloped Cagayan. Literally. The reporters on TV said that the stench of the bodies were so revolting and heart breaking at the same time.

I could not forget that one time when I was watching the early morning news when a rescuer found a baby, only a couple months old. It’s lifeless body hung as it was covered with mud due to the landslides the typhoon caused. I couldn’t help to think that not only that child lost its life but many others as well, with families, with loved ones, regardless of the age. Another rescuer cried as she bathed the dead baby. Can’t believe I just said that. I saw that in the news day before Christmas.

Up to this day Cagayan and other affected areas by Typhoon Sendong still need our help. I don’t know if I should say this but I never heard Oprah helping the Philippines. Have you? She helps Africa and families in the US when these types of tragedies hit the countries where she calls “home” but what about other third world countries that are not of her race?

Enough about her. Bottomline is, CDO needs help. If we can’t go there to volunteer and help or donate in kind or in cash, at the very least, let’s pray for them. If you are reading this blog and you do not believe there is a God, please make an exemption at least this one time. Let’s pray for the people affected by this great calamity. While you are comfortable in your own living room or workspace, reading this, think of Cagayan de Oro.

If you would like to know how to send donations to the victims of Typhoon Sendong, please follow this link: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=760098&publicationSubCategoryId=200

~ by TM on January 10, 2012.

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