Thyphoon Haiyan - Philippines: The Eye of the Typhoon
BY CELSO DULCE, CARE’S PHILIPPINES REPRESENTATIVE
Typhoon Haiyan, here in the Philippines also known as Yolanda, made landfall this morning at 4:40. I was watching the news and it showed extremely strong winds, heavy rains and damages in the affected areas. Since then, the super storm has crossed through half of our country and the eye of the typhoon is now hovering over the western areas of central Philippines. Haiyan is incredibly big, it is 600 kilometres wide. That is larger than some cities! And it has the potential to affect 17 million people in highly populated areas.
Here in Manila everything is eerily calm. While heavy rains have been forecasted, they haven’t started yet. I am in the office, which I share with our partner organization collecting all information on the impact of the typhoon. Normally, at this early stage, it is difficult to get a clear picture. The most affected areas have no power and I cannot reach our colleagues on the ground. So it will take several more hours until they can send me their first reports on the impact. While the pictures in the media remind me of typhoon Bopha, which devastated large parts of the Philippines in 2012, it seems to me that the damage might not be as high as it was back then. But of course, the media has also not able to reach the worst affected areas, so we might get a completely different – and worse – picture once power has been restored.