Help Provided By British Expatriates In The Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan has left a bloody and devastated nation in its wake, leaving 10,000 dead. With the obvious negatives, there are some lights of hope. British Expatriates in the Philippines have stepped up and helped the recovery process, and there is £6 million being pledged in immediate help by the Government in the UK. This is not nearly enough to make any dent in the amount needed to bring the country back to some kind of normality. However, it will definitely be enough to bring in the water that is so desperately needed.
The northern part of Cebu, along with the islands of Leyte and Samar took the brunt of the force. The national disaster agency said that four million people had been affected by one of the strongest storms in the country’s history. The scars left by Typhoon Haiyan will not disappear anytime soon, and rebuilding all the homes and businesses will take years.
Tourists and expats actively helping
Many of the British expatriates in the Philippines have been volunteering at the Manila Red Cross centre, where the locals have been going to get help. One of the Brits said that he had had gone to the Philippines to visit his wife, but the holiday turned into a volunteer mission. He went on to say that it was nice to see everyone getting stuck in and helping irrespective of their race, nationality and financial status.
The one main priority between all those helping out is to simply to get their hands dirty, and do whatever they can to make sure those most affected get the help that they need. The most urgent requirement for everyone is fresh water and food. There were reports of bodies hanging from trees, and there were others found all over the pavements near the seaside. This has literally been a horror story for those who survived, and even worse for those who lost family and friends.
Tourists will be able to pack their bags and return to the country they came from, leaving the memory of Typhoon Haiyan in their memory. But the filipinos will not have that option. What is nice to see is all those British expatriates in the Philippines and tourists taking responsibility and doing what they can to be of some, and out of all the sadness the actions of these people is very positive.