Entire Islands Reported Missing, Thousands Feared Dead in Philippines Super Storm

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Kevin Lake

Over the past couple of days, the island nation of The Philippines has suffered what many are calling the worst typhoon in the recorded history of mankind, Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Entire Islands Reported Missing, Thousands Feared Dead in Philippines Super Storm

The storm hit land in the upper northern half of the nation, made up of 7,107 islands in the Pacific Ring of fire, due south of China, and directly north of Indonesia, two days ago, with heavy rains and winds in excess of 200 mph. Much of the region has already suffered calamity this year in the way of other typhoons, flooding, and even earthquakes. The region certainly was in no condition to be hit by another natural disaster, but mother nature has proven that she does not discriminate.

According to reports, the first Red Cross volunteers from the U.S. have begun arriving in the capital city of Manila, and more than 1,200 people are feared dead. However, true casualties in Philippine storms are never truly known and are always much higher than estimates claim.

Much of the country is populated by squatters who live in over-populated shanty villages, in which accurate populations are hard to account for, as are accurate accounts of how many people go missing at times like these. Many of the squatter villages are built along the banks of streams for better access to water sources, and entire villages have often been swept away in the dead of night during flash floods. The nation sits barely above sea level, and when it rains hard, as is the case when typhoons roll in, there is simply no place for the water to go, and it often rises faster than people can send an alarm, or even be awakened.

Gwendolyn Pang, Philippine Red Cross secretary general, said her organization estimated 1,200 people had died, while a UN official who visited Leyte described

apocalyptic scenes from a Hollywood movie.

“This is destruction on a massive scale. There are cars thrown like tumbleweed and the streets are strewn with debris,” Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, a UN disaster management team member said. “The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami,” he continued, recalling the 2004 disaster that claimed nearly a quarter of a million lives in Indonesia.

It may be weeks before a more accurate number of casualties is known, if ever. Some initial reports circulating is that entire islands have vanished. With every island in the Philippines being heavily populated (total land mass of the entire country is only half the size of the U.S. state of Texas, yet there is a population of nearly 100 million), whatever number is finally determined, it is not going to be pleasant.

8 Responses

  1. Rich Buckley says:

    Our Uncle is afraid and that keeps him in a perpetually dangerous state. Our Uncle, the one you and I are both related to – Uncle Sam, it turns out, appears to be engaged in highly lethal weather wars under his (not so) secret mission, “Control The Weather by 2025,” developed and sold right here in Livermore. He’s caught in a self-made cycle of fear under the operating theory that war is the hand-maiden of progress and you are expendable.

    Sam is on a blind rampage right now in Southeast Asia killing people right and left with his weather wars. “Crazy talk” you say? “Nonsense?”

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  2. Mar says:

    Thank you Janara for inputting what is most likely your personal experience.

  3. janara says:

    This is totally Bullshit.

    1. “Much of the country is populated by squatters who live in overpopulated shanty villages”…. HELLOOOooO !!! Have you ever been to the Philppines? Majority of these islands and islets are breathtakingly beautiful, HenCE the influx of tourists from around the world, and majority of these so called houses are called “nipa house”, Squatters are found only in main or chief cities like Mega Manila, Cebu, etc., where jobs are abundant and where the money is. Isn’t ghetto in NYC?…You’re trying desperately hard to project Philippines like it’s Haiti. Sorry to tell you it’s not.

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