We drink water on purpose.
Water and wind. Lots of water and high speed winds. That is what comprised Super Typhoon Haiyan. Typhoon is the name given to a hurricane/water cyclone in the West Pacific. At 4:40am local time, November 7, 2013 235 mph gusts and 195 mph sustained winds hit the cities of Dulag and Tacloban in the Philippines.
There is some debate as to if this is the strongest to make landfall, but honestly that is not important. What is important, is the incredible loss of life immediately, estimates are ranging from 2,500 - 10,000, and that to come based on the destruction caused.
The number one need is drinking water, says representatives of Water Missions Intl., a nonprofit Christian engineering organization providing sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas located in Charleston, SC.
By providing “Living Water” purification systems they serve humanity at it’s most basic need. And right now that need is strong. Parts of the Philippines are a struggling third world country beforehand and now as thousands of gallons of saltwater passed over land, formerly fresh water sources, albeit not entirely clean to begin with, are not suitable for drinking.
Water Missions International needs support to send more Reverse Osmosis mobile filtration systems along with money to send staff and volunteers. Will you help?
There are a lot of ways to help, and in this day and age we are never sure what our money does. I know first hand how this organization operates and the ramifications of their actions. Please considering helping financially. If you can’t, please consider donating your time. They are always in need of volunteers to help assemble parts and do things in the warehouse to prep units for shipping.
Here are a few before and after shots to show the large scale issues the people of the Philippines are facing.
An aerial view shows destroyed houses in Guiuan town, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines on November 11, 2013, four days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the town on November 8. Credit: Google / Getty Images