Supr typhoon Yolanda may have ravaged places such as Tacloban and Leyte, but Filipinos are not the type of people to surrender to adversity. As the storm leaves the country, a couple of good news come our way. Take a look at our feel-good picks below:
1. Evacuation saves an entire island
It’s all about disaster preparedness. According to The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, all 1,000 residents of Tulang Diyot were evacuated off the island before the worst of the storm struck. Not a house was left standing, but it’s a small price to pay for the safety of an entire population.
2. Anderson Cooper in awe of Filipinos
Reporting from the Philippines, CNN journalist Anderson Cooper has witnessed firsthand just how resilient the Filipinos are. In his Twitter account, he wrote, “The Philippines is an awesome country. I'm in awe of the strength and spirit of the people I've met. Mabuhay Philippines! Maraming salamat!”
3. First mass held in Tacloban
It’s hard to move on from a tragedy when it is present everywhere you look, but the people of Tacloban will pull through. Just last Sunday, the people attended the first mass since the storm surge, reports ANC. Many were emotional, but this is a sign that people have not lost hope or faith in a better future.
4. Potable water now available
Nine days after the typhoon struck, safe drinking water is now available in Tacloban. According to Inquirer.net, “More delivery trucks are rolling into this capital of Leyte province as well as in Ormoc City, providing fresh relief items and augmenting the transport capability of the severely handicapped Task Force Yolanda.”
5. Pre-schooler in Japan donates his piggy bank to typhoon Yolanda victims
A young Japanese boy named Shoichi Kondoh personally went to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo to donate the contents of his piggy bank in aid of the typhoon Yolanda relief operations. According to ABS-CBNNews.com, it was the only way he could think of to help. Inspired by this heroic young boy? Make your own donation today. Click here for a list of super typhoon Yolanda relief efforts that you might want to participate in.
(1. Photo from Taber Andrew Bain via Flickr Creative Commons 2. Screencap from Anderson Cooper's Twitter account 3. Photo from 19Melissa68 via Flickr Creative Commons 4. Photo from homespothq.com via Flickr Creative Commons 5. Photo from Ken Teegardin via Flickr Creative Commons)