Internationally will come in and out of country

Internationally known as Haiyan, it has been called the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history not only in the Philippines but in the world was named by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the country in the 8th of November 2013. Prior to its enter in the Philippine area of responsibility, Haiyan was categorized by the Hawaiian-based U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) as “super typhoon” due to having maximum sustained winds that is over 215 kph. The PAGASA does not have a super typhoon classification so it is indeed the strongest typhoon ever struck Philippines. The worst hit provinces were Leyte and Eastern Samar, with a combined population of 2.3 million, winds of 270 kph up to 312 kph, and a storm surge as high as 7 meters or 21 feet.We only thought the typhoon Yolanda will come in and out of country for a few days and everything will be back to normal but then we under estimated it and never thought that it will leave Philippines with mass devastation killing thousands of people. We did think that government agencies were prepared for the coming of this super typhoon however, it was not enough. Many were blaming the government as the usual way of thinking of Filipinos but in this case no one is to blame but also people who did not want to evacuate when they were told to evacuate.Page 2The super typhoon Yolanda leaving the Philippines with a death toll of 6,201 people, over 28,626 injured and more than 1,785 still missing. The days after the typhoon Yolanda strucked Central Philippines, raking-off 1.1 million houses left people homeless and displaced. Day by day, bodies are still being found, survivors were struggling without food, shelters and clean drinking water, so everywhere in those provinces was just a total bedlam. Then relief goods were sent in the area but there were no order, many people have been looting and so many people were blaming the government for having no preparations, contingency plans and could not even conduct the relief operations orderly. Government were hit by many criticisms brought by the local and international media but I have to say they must also know days before this happened, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and DILG had made efforts to activate all local government units to immediately evacuate families in the non-safe zones. As early as November 6, 2013, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas gave instructions to all governors and mayors in the Bicol, Eastern Visayas and Mimaropa to activate their local disaster risk reduction and management councils and disaster monitoring systems in preparation for the land fall of the super typhoon.

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