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Tahan na, Glenda -typhoon Rammasun
I can't sleep right now, and I guess I just needed to 'voice' umm type out my
thoughts somehow.... as I type this, the wind is howling and I hear the whoosh
of rain...and through it all, I hear a croaking frog.
At times when there are typhoons, I do tend to step outside and just watch, BE there firsthand, such a mere fraction (nothing compared to, actually), to what others experience, since I can always just run back inside if it gets dangerous. For others, the danger is real... I do like to feel the typhoon (a different aspect, I guess I find a certain thrill to it) but knowing how it can also be so dangerous, also grounds me.
Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) has been gaining strength the past day (flights have been cancelled, classes and even government work have been suspended and a lot of areas are placed in storm signals ranging from 1 to 3)--we are at signal 3 where I am... it is slow-moving, meaning it can gather more strength as it moves and this also affects a lot of areas in the central and mainly northern part of my country.
A lot of areas here are prone to flooding, are already being flooded and the
danger of storm surges is also very imminent... hundreds of thousands have already been evacuated, and hopefully those who refused to leave their homes earlier, took warnings to heart and evacuated.... it was still sunny this morning, so it could have been quite deceiving, I guess.
In fairness to the local governments, they do what they can do, taking preemptive measures in evacuation, with typhoon Yolanda still fresh in our hearts and minds.
What is disheartening is that those who can be severely affected would be
those who have less in life, the informal settlers near coastal and bay areas, the
farmers, the fishermen....as of typing this, 3 people have already been reported
There was this man featured on the news earlier, seen gathering plastic bottles
and other trash from the bay, in order to sell, and didn't know there was an
There was a lady, who refuse to leave her home which is located in a high risk
area, she said she'd rather ride out the storm at home, resigned, she said if it's
your time to die, it's your time.
Maybe it's hormones, emotions getting to me, but watching the news, saying
our evening prayers with special intentions, I had to fight back tears. Sighs, what good would my tears do though? The heavens shed enough tears right now.
Here I am, in the comfort of my own home, safe. And others, I can just
imagine, are feeling the wrath, with no roof over there heads. Those in
evacuation centers, I hope they still have their houses to go home to after
Please join me in praying with them, that they can get through this typhoon,
safe and without injury nor death.
I hear the rattle of what I am guessing would be our neighbor's roof. The winds are stronger now, rushing through the trees.
The frog still croaks, and I hope it will be okay (and also for all the other
Glenda, tahan na, tahan na....
Glenda, hush please, hush...
** "tahan na" --- the nearest definition I can think of for this phrase would be "hush" or maybe "stop crying"
Glenda is the local name of Typhoon Rammasun
-- to my kababayans, nette, Aiyah, and all the others, please stay safe, I hope you and your loved ones are all safe.....let's continue praying for those who are directly in this typhoon's path. Yes, the typhoon is here, but I still believe in the power of prayer, that these people be given the strength and courage to get through this typhoon, and not give up hope. I guess I just really am hoping for minimal injuries and casualties (would it be too much if I hope for zero casualties?)
ika-16 ng Hulyo, lagpas alas dos ng umaga
Rammasun did wreak a lot of havoc in the Philippines, leaving almost a hundred dead... it also crippled electricity in a lot of provinces and cities, downing and uprooting many trees. Some areas have been declared under states of calamity.
After passing through us, Rammasun gained more strength, and turned into a super typhoon, affecting China and Vietnam. Please continue to pray for those who have been affected by it. Thank you.
Also, my heart, prayers and thoughts all go out to the victims and loved ones of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. It may look so hopeless right now, but like so many others, even if the situation seems so complicated, with a lot of fingers being pointed, I hope and I pray for justice, that the bodies of the victims be returned to their families.