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Putting Things In Perspective: The photo on the left is Hurricane Katrina moments before it made landfall in Louisiana back in 2005. The photo on the right is Super Typhoon Haiyan, currently making landfall in the Philippines. Basically, what is happening in the Philippines is historic for the world. Super Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest storms in world history. You read that correctly, WORLD HISTORY. It is also the strongest storm in the world since 1979. Loss of life is unavoidable in the case of this Super Typhoon. It formed when two separate typhoons joined together. To put things in perspective, a storm bigger than Hurricane Katrina is hitting the Philippines. Unprecedented, indeed.
Absolutely tragic too. :(
Keep the Philippines in your thoughts, please.
What makes it even worse is that it’s going to be mainly in the Visayas region which just experienced a massive earthquake, and there are still some areas that hadn’t received help because they’re hard to reach. The road to recovery has only barely started and now Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) appears.
If anyone out there wants to help, the Philippine Red Cross is currently open to donations. Even from people outside of the Philippines through this website. (You can pick “Supertyphoon Yolanda” under the campaign field, and since the denomination is in peso, 1 USD = 43 PHP fyi.)
Reblogging for the donations links.
I don’t wanna split hairs when the point here is to get these people help, but comparing Haiyan to Katrina? As if Katrina is the only thing the kids can come up with when you say “bad storm”?
Katrina made landfall with winds of 120 mph. It was a Category 3 when it hit the coast of the US. It was very destructive, mostly because of its location (and the flooding that followed in New Orleans), but the fact is, Hurricane Katrina isn’t even in the top ten of strongest landfalling hurricanes in the US.
Haiyan has made landfall with winds of 195 mph with gusts to 230 mph.
THERE ARE NO ATLANTIC HURRICANES THAT POWERFUL. I can’t even imagine the total obliteration—it would be nothing like Katrina. Haiyan is the strongest storm to ever hit dirt.
Here’s the Philippine Red Cross direct donation page.
And here’s how to donate via text.
To my followers. Donation links are above, in case you’re far away from the country. I’ll be donating goods, too.