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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Continue Praying For Tropical Storm Victims

I can't help but shed a little tears whenever I've heard what had happened in Mindanao early this month due to typhoon Pablo. The images are shattering and painful. Giant boulder of rocks slides in sweeping mud flow crushing human settlement...leaving trails of  unimaginable devastation...The aftermath was even more heartbreaking as files of human cadaver scattered everywhere...some still buried under piles of debris--young and old. I can imagine their last agonizing gasp for dear life. The survivors are left with either missing love ones or the painful task of identifying them among the casualties. Their livelihood even destroyed! Hope shattered. 
   As of this morning, the death toll caused by Typhoon Pablo rises to 1,020 and  continued climbing as 844 still missing according to NDRRMC.   The number of injured persons also rose to 2,662 and estimated damage increased to P24.1 billion. 
   Damage caused by Pablo was estimated at P24,160,920,528.05 -- P7,761,431,310 in infrastructure, P16,350,529,805.05 in agriculture, and P48,959,413 in private properties. At least 63,040 houses were destroyed while 95,544 were partially damaged. 12 bridges and four roads are still not passable while 30 areas are experiencing power interruptions.
   Meanwhile, the estimated cost of assistance for the affected families has reached P124.56 million. I thank God that help still continue pouring in from various part of the world. 
   How can we celebrate this holiday when these images nagged us? Knowing our fellowmen are in agony right at this very moment...I feel guilty at times why I was not there to help. What can I give...what can I offer? 

Ezekiel 33:11
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked;

2 Peter 3:9
New International Version (NIV)

  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

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