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While you guys are busy calling religion child abuse and making threads about pooping, actual important things happened in the world.

At least 10,000 people are thought to have died in the central Philippine province of Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, lashed the area, swallowing coastal towns, a senior police official said early on Sunday morning.

About 70-80% of the buildings in the area in the path of Haiyan in Leyte province was destroyed, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria. "We had a meeting last night with the governor and the other officials. The governor said based on their estimate, 10,000 died," he said.

The super-typhoon made landfall on Samar and Leyte islands in the eastern Visayas at about 4.40am on Friday local time, with winds up to 315km/h (195mph) tearing roofs off buildings, turning roads into rivers full of debris and knocking out electricity pylons.

With many provinces left without power or telecommunications, and airports in the hardest-hit areas, such as Tacloban in Leyte province, in tatters, experts say it is impossible to know the extent of the storm's damage – or deliver badly needed aid. Roughly 12 hours after the 600km (370-mile)-wide Haiyan blew west towards Vietnam, where it is expected to make landfall early Sunday, officials and aid workers are only now beginning to piece together details on the number of dead and injured.

The Philippine Red Cross estimates that more than 1,000 people were killed in Tacloban alone, where bodies have been found "piled up around the roads" and in churches – with government figures showing that more than 4 million have been directly affected. The World Food Programme has mobilised some $2m (£1.25m) in aid and aims to deliver 40 tonnes of fortified biscuits to victims within the next few days.

Satellite images show normally green patches of vegetation ripped up into brown squares of debris in Tacloban, where local TV channel GMA broadcast images of huge storm surges, flattened buildings and families traipsing through flooded streets with their possessions held high above the water.

The head of the UN Disaster Assessment Co-ordination Team, Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, described "destruction on a massive scale" in the city of 220,000 and said: "The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami. There are cars thrown like tumbleweed and the streets are strewn with debris."

Al-Jazeera correspondent Jamela Alindogan was trapped in her hotel as the eye of the storm passed overhead and ripped the roof off the building. Evoking scenes of chaos as badly hurt victims wandered the streets without medicine, food or water, and doctors at the local hospital attended to the wounded in the dark without electricity or candlelight, she said: "There is no food, not even in the hotels, and there's no water. The situation is really very desperate."

Other sources told of victims trying to climb out from under rubble to find assistance, and mobs rampaging through the streets looking for food, water or medicine, and looting electrical goods and groceries from malls. "Almost all the houses were destroyed," said Major Rey Balido of the Philippines national disaster agency. "Only a few are left standing."

Relatives of those living in the typhoon's path have had no news from their loved ones and are nervously waiting until power is restored to the area. "I spoke to my mother just a few hours before the typhoon made landfall in my city, Tacloban," said taxi driver Sherwin Martinata, 32, in the capital, Manila. "She was saying she was all right but now I have no idea if my family is safe. There is no power, no phones. I can't get through at all. I'm worried, but I'm powerless."

Those living in the hardest-hit areas, such as the eastern Visayas, are among the poorest in the Philippines, say aid agencies, who warn that there will be little or no savings for many of the victims to fall back on – putting an already vulnerable population at even greater risk of future food and job insecurity.

On Bohol island – where a 7.3-magnitude earthquake toppled colonial-era churches and killed some 200 people last month – residents were successfully evacuated ahead of the storm and as a result many lives were probably saved, said Mathias Eick of the European commission's humanitarian aid department (Echo). However, because the island's main power supply comes from neighbouring Leyte, residents are still without electricity or water.

In Tacloban, where many residents live along the coast, the sheer force of the storm was just too much for the buildings to withstand, with evacuation centres such as stadiums and churches later collapsing. "The sheer magnitude and scale of the disaster sort of overpowered all the contingency measures, and we're fearing that we'll be finding more dead bodies in those evacuation centres themselves," said Alwynn Javier of Christian Aid.

Without information on the ground or access to hard-hit areas, aid agencies have been stuck, not knowing how much aid is needed or which areas need it most.

"The only information we have been able to get so far is from the UN and some from the news," said Javier. "We should have good ground reach, but are really impeded by this lack of access because even our partners on the ground have been hit themselves."

Officials and rescue workers hope that Sunday will see concerted efforts by authorities to set up command centres and rescue groups, which will in turn help bring supplies to those who need them most. But gaining access to those areas will prove hard, said Richard Gordon of the Philippine Red Cross, who added that without bulldozers or tractors to clear paths, volunteers will have to bring cutting equipment to clear uprooted trees and debris.

The Philippines sees roughly 20 typhoons every year, with some more devastating than others. Last year's Typhoon Bopha killed more than 1,100 people and caused over $1bn in damage.

Haiyan – the 25th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year – is expected to make landfall in several provinces in central Vietnam with winds around 220km/h (137mph). More than 450,000 troops have been deployed, as well as 12 planes, 356 ships and thousands of vehicles, in order to mobilise supplies, with more than 300,000 people evacuated in Da Nang and Quang Ngai provinces.

"It may be the strongest storm to hit Vietnam in history," said Vietnam's director of the Central Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre in Bui Minh Tang. Coastal areas should expect to see waves as high as 5-8 meters (16-26ft) and a wind radius up to 500km wide, officials warned.


http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/nov/09/philippines-typhoon-haiyan-devastation-emerges-video
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Saw on the news a couple of days ago, made the 'storm' in South England look like a pussy.
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hory shet

i only found out about this an hour ago.. which is ridiculous considering that this didn't just happen an hour ago. good thing the media's got priorities.
#4
Holy crap

Source video says over 1,000 rather than 10,000. That's still mind shattering, but still, hopefully that rather than 10x as many fatalities.
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Holy crap

Source video says over 1,000 rather than 10,000. That's still mind shattering, but still, hopefully that rather than 10x as many fatalities.
That's 1,000 from one city, I think.
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makes sandy seem like child's play
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I put some donation links in the OP. Of course I'm not forcing anybody to donate, but if you're able to I made it easy for you to find at least one place you feel alright donating to. I'll keep my eyes out for more charities.
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i kinda wish we all had a penis and vagina instead of buttholes

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Rest in Peace, Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and Eric Garner and Mike Brown
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I have a friend who moved to the Philippines with his wife a few months ago. He's a bit northwest of Manila, so they didn't get the worst of this storm. Sad that so many people are suffering because of it though.
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It's a very sad event and I really don't think the poorer communities around the coast were in any way prepared for the disaster. But hopefully the advanced warning issued a few days ago prevented some deaths.
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That's 1,000 from one city, I think.


Good god, just seen the recent coverage. That's ****ed up. I don't have a penny til Tuesday, when payday comes I'll have to get on the Red Cross thing.
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#12
Manila is fine (just rain/wind) if you know anyone around there.

Sadly a lot of people near the coast didn't want to evacuate.
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Good god, just seen the recent coverage. That's ****ed up. I don't have a penny til Tuesday, when payday comes I'll have to get on the Red Cross thing.


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Thoughts out to the people that have lost someone to this storm



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Mother of fuck

Last I heard it was barely a tenth of that number.
I've been too busy getting fascinated by the satellite images posted by nat geo and kind of forgot there were people on the ground
Will donate
#18
****.

All the reports I'd seen until now had the death toll in the 100's.

My thoughts go out to those affected
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Totes said this in TC last night.

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****. Mother nature can be a real bitch. Now I'm sad. I shall donate.
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Would it not make sense for there to be a charity that works on installing warning systems and establishing evacuation routines for risk-prone areas on the planet instead of always having to act after thousands of deaths?
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don't intrude into this discussion with your "common sense notions" todd. gosh, how insensitive can you get?!
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This was in the papers a few days ago but it's shocking that it's only been covered in international media recently. My friend who is from the region affected has been calling his family for days but their phone service probably went out even before the worst of the storm. I really hope nothing has happened to them. I've already donated to some local organizations which are flying out there soon.
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Would it not make sense for there to be a charity that works on installing warning systems and establishing evacuation routines for risk-prone areas on the planet instead of always having to act after thousands of deaths?

There was plenty of warning. There were evacuation plans. A lot of the evacuation centres collapsed, most definitely a number of people thought they would be safe at the local evacuation centres. The problem is, that these people are so poor that they didn't really have anywhere to go. There were too many people to evacuate them to safe areas that wouldn't have been effected by the storm. There was actually quite a bit of warning, this was not by any means an unexpected storm despite it being out of season. Considering the build quality of the homes out there, its not a surprising amount of damage either. They simply didn't have the funds.


I'm relieved my family out there was completely unaffected, I know for certain that if the storm had landed further north they probably wouldn't have had a home anymore since it is already plagued with woodworm. I hope that aid and recovery comes quickly for them.
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There was plenty of warning. There were evacuation plans. A lot of the evacuation centres collapsed, most definitely a number of people thought they would be safe at the local evacuation centres. The problem is, that these people are so poor that they didn't really have anywhere to go. There were too many people to evacuate them to safe areas that wouldn't have been effected by the storm. There was actually quite a bit of warning, this was not by any means an unexpected storm despite it being out of season. Considering the build quality of the homes out there, its not a surprising amount of damage either. They simply didn't have the funds.


But that's my point exactly, where the people lack funds and local shelters fail charities can surely help. Would they (charities) not achieve more if they worked to try to reduce the death toll rather than try to pick up the pieces afterwards? It's been known for some time now that charity isn't especially helpful - at least not compared to the input - but perhaps that's only because our charities focus on the wrong things.
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Would they (charities) not achieve more if they worked to try to reduce the death toll rather than try to pick up the pieces afterwards?

I don't understand exactly what you mean here. What specific actions do you have in mind?
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While you guys are busy calling religion child abuse and making threads about pooping, actual important things happened in the world.




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Seems you were in on it too.
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Would it not make sense for there to be a charity that works on installing warning systems and establishing evacuation routines for risk-prone areas on the planet instead of always having to act after thousands of deaths?

They are doing that. Several of the links I posted are setting aside like ten percent of what the collect to do just that.
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****, that is a lot of people.
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They are doing that. Several of the links I posted are setting aside like ten percent of what the collect to do just that.


Well excellent. I'm only thinking out loud, I did assume that others would have had the thought before me and followed through with it. I wish we heard more about them, though, and that such actions were better known and funded. Given how this kind of extreme weather is only going to get worse I think acting to secure lives should be more visible.
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Would it not make sense for there to be a charity that works on installing warning systems and establishing evacuation routines for risk-prone areas on the planet instead of always having to act after thousands of deaths?


They were warned days ahead of time. There's not many places to hide from a Typhoon on an island. Their infrastructure is also super shit making it extremely difficult to evacuate people effectively.
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Well excellent. I'm only thinking out loud, I did assume that others would have had the thought before me and followed through with it. I wish we heard more about them, though, and that such actions were better known and funded. Given how this kind of extreme weather is only going to get worse I think acting to secure lives should be more visible.
I may have misread your earlier post. They're setting aside money to improve all that stuff in the future. I'm not sure what happened leading up to it, other than it being extremely difficult to implement brand new evacuation routes and strategies in just a few days.
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I may have misread your earlier post. They're setting aside money to improve all that stuff in the future. I'm not sure what happened leading up to it, other than it being extremely difficult to implement brand new evacuation routes and strategies in just a few days.
It was also a direct hit from what seems to have been the biggest goddamn storm in modern times. Probably doesn't help much either.
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My girlfriend's father lives there. Nobody has heard from him. She's a wreck
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I totally missed this. I want to donate but I generally avoid the Red Cross. Looks like that's the best option though.
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I totally missed this. I want to donate but I generally avoid the Red Cross. Looks like that's the best option though.
My mom works with the CRS some and they're pretty good. From the very little I know though.
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Rest in Peace, Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and Eric Garner and Mike Brown
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It also ****ed up Boracay, beautiful, white sand beaches.

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My mom works with the CRS some and they're pretty good. From the very little I know though.

That's where my folks donated.
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