Devastation Feared Across Central Philippines in Typhoon’s Wake, Thousands are feard dead or missing.
CEBU, Philippines — One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded now appears to have devastated cities, towns and fishing villages with heavy loss of life when it played a deadly form of hopscotch across the islands of the central Philippines on Friday.
President Benigno S. Aquino III declared a “state of calamity” in provinces encompassing islands across the breadth of the Philippines. The declaration is designed to release emergency funds from the national coffers.
But those coffers have already been depleted this year by a series of other natural disasters, most notably an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 that also struck the middle of the country four weeks ago.
The first and most vocal city to cry for help over the weekend was Tacloban on Leyte Island, which was also one of the first places hit by the storm. From many other communities along the storm’s track, virtually all communications were cut off.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army as well as private organiztions are taking donations to help our brother and sisters from another country….