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652 Dies In The Philippines Due To Typhoon  
User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12.../sendong-death-toll-rise-red-cross

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/storm-flood...pines-kill-over-200-102437896.html

Death count now rises to 652. The major city that was affected were Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City, where my family lives and where I grew up in. Most people were not expecting it as Southern Philippines rarely gets hit by a typhoon. Our old house was completely underwater and the entire neighborhood where I used to live, my grandparents are okay but some of my old neighbors unfortunately didn't make it. Our close family friend told us that it happened so quickly..My heart and prayers to the people who lost their lives and their families.  
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It's a cultural thing.
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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3870 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1544 times:

The island of Mindanao is snakebit. You've got active MILF and NPA insurgents and now this. Also, it's the 2nd anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre with no resolution in sight. Maybe the new year will bring better luck.

[Edited 2011-12-18 14:59:42]


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14130 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

I tried to post two times now and everytime the website cut off half of my posts.

Jetblue, I know that you are Iligano.
My fiancée is Iligana as well. Her family in Bgy. Tomás Cabili was lucky, both her immediate family living up on the hillside as well as other relatives and friends in Bay bay Camague right at the coast.
But we have heard horror stories from her sister, who is kagawad (district councilor) in Tomás Cabili about mudcovered dead bodies laying on the roadsides in the neighbouring barangays Tambacan and Tubod. In fact her brother is currently in Tubod with his PNP unit to search the rubble for victims.

Most victims came from housing areas close to rivers, which were washed away when the normally placid, waistdeep rivers turned into ten feet deep raging streams due to a massive rainfall in the mountains. The same applied to Cagayan de Oro and some places in Bukidnon, to which I have been before as well.

Jan

[Edited 2011-12-18 17:12:53]

[Edited 2011-12-18 17:23:13]

User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

This is such bad news for the people of the Philippines. I hope for the very best for the people! Im also very sorry to hear about both of your family/friends out there, my prayers are with them jetblue777 and MD11Engineer!

RIP to the people who lost their lives in this tragic event.



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User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1477 times:

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 1):

It's hard to believe it's been two years, that too was very devastating.

As someone who has lived there for 12 years, you're right. Although it has been more peaceful recently,

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 2):

That's good to hear that they're all right. And yes, you're right, most of the housing areas near the rivers were nearly or has been completely wiped out. I saw the pictures with the dead bodies lying all around, it breaks my heart and it's nearly Christmas and as you know, it's a HUGE deal in the Philippines which adds to the tragedy..I pray for the speedy recovery for both cities.

My mom's parents live in a hillside as well, which of course, saved them. My dad's mom also lived in an elevated area, the water was only on the yard and didn't go in. We were much concerned about her since she was living alone and at 76, she's not in the best shape. She told us that she woke up at 12AM and saved our dog from drowning outside, she hasn't realized the tragedy that happened to Iligan until we called her, the electricity was cut off, so she hasn't seen the news. She has invited some people we know to live with her for the mean time and my parents are collecting donations here in the US to help a little bit.

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 3):

This is such bad news for the people of the Philippines. I hope for the very best for the people! Im also very sorry to hear about both of your family/friends out there, my prayers are with them jetblue777 and MD11Engineer!

RIP to the people who lost their lives in this tragic event.

LGWflyer, thank you. I really appreciate this.

JetBlue777



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14130 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1443 times:

I´ve sent a donation to
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14130 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

The system keeps cutting off posts of mine

Jan


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

Why do we fight wars? The elements are doing enough disasters as it is that we humans don't need to create more havoc.
Some of them are massive killers. They don't do in any details.

- Indian Ocean and South East Asia tsunami following the December 2004 Sumatra earthquake
- 8.9 Earthquake in Japan March 2011 with subsequent tsunami.
- A number of devastating hurricanes...

- Mindanao storms December 2011.

All are tragic.

RIP all victims.
Not forgetting all those who lost everything in the storms and all injured/wounded maybe for life.


 



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14130 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1365 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
- Mindanao storms December 2011.

There were several contributors to the disaster:
-Typhoons rarely pass that far south. Most turn north and hit eastern Visayas and Luzon several hundred kilometers up north. This region normally doesn´t have a problem with natural disasters. The last storm happened back in the 1970s.
The government meteorological service issued warnings several days ahaed, but most people ignored them, since "we never get typhoons here".
- The Cagayan river at Cagayan de Oro springs from the mountain plateau of Bukidnon. This place is famous for it´s pineapple plantations. The jungle has been cleared away and pineapples planted instead, from horizon to horizon (mostly belonging to the Del Monte fruit company). Now jungle can absorb rainwater and store it temporarely. Pineapple fields don´t do this. The water runs immediately along the surface into the creeks and rivers.
- The mountains above Iligan city in the province Llanao del Sur have been heavily affected by illegal logging (the region belongs to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindenao, which is considered to be lawless even by Filipino standards).

Across the highway through Tominobo to Zamboanga there is a shop which purifies water and sells it in 4 gallon bottles as drinking water (Jetblue, maybe you know the shop beside the CitiHardware shop). My fiancée told me today that she heard from her sister that all the employees narrowly escaped the disaster. They were all living in Tambacan and just escaped with their lives, but lost everything except for the clothes they were wearing at the time.
My fiancée´s family and some neighbours are organising donations, from clothes and basic household equipment to money. My Fiancée is organising a collection among her colleagues in Ireland. I will add something as well.

Jan


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14130 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1351 times:

Too late to edit:
For jetblue:
The hardware shop beside the drinking water shop is called Homebase, not CitiHardware (which is located in another place).

Jan


User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 8):
yphoons rarely pass that far south. Most turn north and hit eastern Visayas and Luzon several hundred kilometers up north. This region normally doesn´t have a problem with natural disasters. The last storm happened back in the 1970s.

Yep, my family as well as our friends didn't expect such tragedy to happen in Mindanao, like you said, it's always Eastern Visayas and Luzon. And yes, the last fatal storm was actually on November 21, 1973, according to my parents, it's the day my dad was born.

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 9):
The hardware shop beside the drinking water shop is called Homebase, not CitiHardware (which is located in another place).

I'm familiar with CitiHardware but not Homebase, glad that they're alive.

According to latest news reports, death toll is now at 900+

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 8):
My Fiancée is organising a collection among her colleagues in Ireland.

My mom's cousin actually works in Ireland and just a few days before the storm, she went home to Linamon, right outside Iligan City. Their house was nearby a river and right in front of the beach, we haven't heard from her yet. Hopefully, all is well.

We were actually planning to go home this Christmas, but we moved it to the summer since we only have 10 days off. I'll be visiting the city in August and I'm hopeful that both cities and nearby towns will fully recover.

JetBlue777



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14130 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 10):
My mom's cousin actually works in Ireland and just a few days before the storm, she went home to Linamon, right outside Iligan City. Their house was nearby a river and right in front of the beach, we haven't heard from her yet. Hopefully, all is well.

I know Linamon. Could you PM me her name? My girlfriend might know her.
We plan to travel to Iligan again next November (we have been there last Christmas), but then for four weeks

Jan


User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 786 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1218 times:

Several members of my extended family live in Cagayan de Oro, and one of my former teachers in high school is from Iligan, so I hope they're all okay. There's a significant relief campaign going on from several areas in the Philippines for victims of the typhoon, and it's sad that I have to watch all of this from Poland (and, currently, the United States).

[Edited 2011-12-21 20:06:06]

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14130 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

I´ve got now all people I know accounted for. The last one was an uncle, who emigrated to the Philippines and is living in Bislig City in Surigao del Sur, where the typhoon made it´s first landfall.
He was a bit hard to reach, since his barangay is without electrical power since 6 days, but I finally got him on the line. Not too much damage on the east coast of Mindenao, but, as I mentioned, there is some fault in the local electric network, which the repairmen can´t trace.

Jan


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