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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan

Scary new from the Philippines.  A typhoon the likes of which had never been seen before.  Over 10,000 dead.  3million homeless. I heard one of the newscasters say "This is a thousand times worse than anything we saw during Hurricane Sandy."  I cannot imagine such devastation and destruction.    Sandy was enough to boggle the mind...something much larger than Sandy must have felt like the end of the world.

New York being rich in diversity, in the past I have had friends of Philippine descent, though we've lost touch...My company has a major center of operations in Manila, and I feel for my colleagues on the other side of the globe.  That's as close as I come to having someone in the Philippines these days.  Still, my heart goes out to the people whose lives have been turned upside down.

In the overall scheme of things, what my family went through during Sandy was merely uncomfortable and inconvenient.  Downed trees, no electricity for several days, hunting for an open diner so we could get cooked food, waiting on line for gas.  The failure of our public transportation system. Dislocated office workers from the company's NYC office invading our space in Jersey City.

But things got back to normal fairly quickly. For most of us, that is. Many people were out of their homes for months. Some are still trying to rebuild a year later.

I heard that 10,000 people died in the typhoon. Trying to wrap myself around that number makes my head ache.And they say climate change is a myth.

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