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PHOTOS: Super Typhoon Haiyan Devastates Central Philippines

Typhoon survivors in Ormoc, Leyte paint the street with a HELP sign. Photo from Facebook of Katreena Bisnar

Typhoon survivors in Ormoc, Leyte paint the street with a HELP sign. Photo from Facebook of Katreena Bisnar

Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Visayas islands of the Philippines which left thousands dead and homeless. The casualties could rise to more than 10,000 since the situation in many towns is still unknown at the moment.

Yolanda damaged the provinces of Samar and Leyte including Tacloban City where a storm surge instantly killed many people. Power and communication lines are down in the region. Yolanda, the world’s strongest storm this year, also struck north Cebu, Panay, Negros, and Palawan.

The main Twitter hashtag used to monitor the situation in the storm-battered provinces of the country is #yolandaph. Below are some photos which show the extent of destruction left by Yolanda:

Typhoon survivors walk the streets of Ormoc, Leyte. Notice the fallen electric posts and trees. Photo from Facebook of Katreena Bisnar

Typhoon survivors walk the streets of Ormoc, Leyte. Notice the fallen electric posts and trees. Photo from Facebook of Katreena Bisnar

In order to inform friends and relatives about their situation, survivors sent handwritten notes to TV reporters who quickly uploaded these messages online. Meanwhile, a list of survivors has been compiled too by the office of a Leyte representative.

The note reads: Brother, mommy and daddy are dead. Please inform everyone. No signal here and electricity. Aaron Almadro. Image from GMA News

The note reads: Brother, mommy and daddy are dead. Please inform everyone. No signal here and electricity. Aaron Almadro. Image from GMA News

Below are other reactions on Twitter:

The last Twitter quote refers to the looting in a Tacloban mall where survivors are desperately looking for food and water. Pinoy Bro also criticized the act:

…not acceptable and it dismayed me so much that I haven't heard or read in the news a single critic or news personality criticizing that incident, at least for now. Forgive me because maybe I am not pitiful or considerate about the situation or emotion of the looters who are of course victims of the typhoon but I just have this feeling that something here is not right.

What if you owned a mini grocery or even a sari-sari store and the next time you'll know is that people break in and loot everything? Come on Filipino people, this is not us.

But Arnold Alamon appeals for understanding:

There's a momentary breakdown of the social fabric in Tacloban right now. We should all be kinder in our assessment of our brethren who have just been through the most terrible of experiences. As things stands right now, it is probably the case that every resident of that devastated city has lost a family member or two and are now in survival mode for themselves who are left behind. The so-called looting is more a reflection of how little trust people have of official power responding to their immediate needs and less about the mettle of the people of Tacloban.

  • Marites

    Im still trying to get a contact with my Sister shes living in dulag leyte with her now 2 children and my kuya sana po ok lang sila … pwede po mang hingi ng tulong dito mahanap lang po sila pangalan nila ay Marjorie/Norman Barbasa, paki send po ng email m-gargoles@t-online.de salamat po or sa no. ito 09155694043, god bless us all ingat po kayo lagi.

    Marites Gargoles

    • joseph humphrey

      My wife there also in brgy catmonan marietta estancia humphrey

      • Marites

        Did u get any contact with your wife??

      • Marites

        My ate live in 625 barangay catmonan dulag…

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  • joseph humphrey

    Yes I talk with her at 1:30 Philippine time there is cell service in Bay Bay Leyte . Dulag not as bad as Tacloban so far no death that see know of there.

    • Marites

      Ok thank you for the Information. .. my problem is how to get contact with her there is no phone connection yet, i dont know how is her Situation now :’(

    • Cesar Joaquino

      Hi Sir, im looking for a relative residing in Dulag, Leyte. Her name is Alma Roxas. I was relieved when you said that there is no casualty so far in Dulag. Thank you so much sir. GOD bless your tribe.

    • Jamie Leen Sarcos

      that’s kinda relief, any news on julita? we are also looking for information on julita, leyte. still no news from media on dulag and julita. looking for sister and mother-in-law. sister-in-law is 6 months pregnant and was just recently released from the hospital from a motorcycle accident

    • tefanie

      HI sir, i am here in Cebu my relatives are from Brgy Rizal Dulag leyte , kindly ask your wife if ther are casualties there. My uncle Florencio Pesado , romy asis and family.

      • joseph humphrey

        My wife told me as of now no deaths in dulag my friend end Lopez is from brgy Rizal and he not hear of any deaths

    • Johnson

      Anyone knows MA. THERESA SATOSTA and Family from Sn Miguel, Dulag.
      Please, any information and contact is much appreciated. Thank you po.

      • joseph humphrey

        My wife told me no deaths in dulag

  • joseph humphrey

    Your ate last name I will talk to my wife at 1:30 pm Thursday Philippine time and I will ask

    • Marites

      Thank you very much Mr. Humphrey shes living in 625 barangay catmonan dulag leyte marjorie Barbasa and my brother in law Norman Barbasa. .

      • joseph humphrey

        I just talk to my wife everyone OK in catmonan and dulag proper

      • joseph humphrey

        Also dulag getting short on food and water no relief there yet everyone in dulag alive

        • Marites

          Thank you very much Mr. Humphrey and to your wife, my brother in law went to bay bay to contact my mom in negros oriental they are ok thanks God but yes there is no food and water to drink, my brother is now on his way to dulag to take my sister and the 2 kids to negros… once again thank you so much mr. Humphrey god bless you always and your family …

    • nikka fernando

      asking for my aunties too :( they’re from cambula st. dulag leyte.. corazon “nelly” garcia, linda cloma, and zoila villafuerte sanita and family.. anyone could give us info bout the situation in dulag? thanks! (my contact number: 09052207219)

  • mark gary

    There has been no word on Julita Leyte does anyone know how bad they were hit?

    • Jamie Leen Sarcos

      we are also looking for information on julita, leyte. still no news from media on dulag and julita. looking for sister and mother-in-law. sister-in-law is 6 months pregnant and was just recently released from the hospital from a motorcycle accident

  • evita

    im looking for my tita and her family .. her name is roselyn labaca from .. salcedu, samar .. d po namin sila makontact baka ano napong nangyari sakanila .. hindi po namin alam kung nakasurvive or missing sila .. contact niyo nalang po kami sa # 09128693381/ 09497569142 .. thank you ..

  • lea calimag

    Loking for elena peque,ellazar peque & emalyyn peque parado lives in cabacungan dulag leyte.. any info pls send it at 09064067550/09093368621 e-mail Lea.Calimag@yahoo.com. thank you

  • kristina

    Until now, I don’t have any news about my daughter, 1 yr old granddaughter, nephews, and relatives who are in Botongon Estancia. My daughter, Aptil Joy Lucio. Anybody who has knowledge about their whereabouts, pls?
    _

  • Brian

    im looking for my relatives in barangay opong tolosa their names are aessen allen amoguis,aldrian alvy amoguis,aerian aldrenevy amoguis ,anita ybanez, precila moneque ybanez ..here’s my contact no. 09433363184 or mail me at brianmedina3883@yahoo.com .thank you and godspeed

  • gabriel

    looking for Julio Donaire,Sr. Leticia Donaire, Edgardo Donaire, & Julio “Junjun” Donaire, Jr. of SOLANO, TANAUAN LEYTE pls contact me at 09081515235

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