Friday, 8 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Tacloban

Hellish, Hellish, 2 evenings.

The super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the philippine city Tacloban and the Visayas region where my wife is from late last night.

We somehow managed to get through to Mai's home phone around 11pm (7am their time) last night. The roof of their home had been torn off in areas and her family were huddled in a room that still had a roof. Everyone was terrified as you can imagine. All the phones are down now and it is an agonizing wait. My wife has family all over Tacloban city.

Mai is listening to the DZMM live feed at the moment and the 1st Herc has just landed at the airport in San Jose. The runway is intact but the area is devastated and they have started to find some poor souls who have not survived.

If any of you guys are religious could you please say a prayer for the family of my wife and the people of the Philippines.

thanks
Paul 

27 comments:

Gary Amos said...

Certainly puts things into perspective. Fingers crossed mate - good luck to all.

Rodger said...

Thinking of you guys and your wife's family.

Gregory said...

My thoughts and prayers are with them Paul. When I saw the news yesterday , I thought of you and Mai not even knowing that she and her family were from the Tacloban area.
Good luck.


Best wishes
Greg

Gregory said...

My thoughts and prayers are with them Paul. When I saw the news yesterday , I thought of you and Mai not even knowing that she and her family were from the Tacloban area.
Good luck.


Best wishes
Greg

carojon said...

Hi Paul,

I can imagine the worry you are going through. My brother and his family was caught up in the 2004 Tsunami, so I know what waiting for news feels like.

I hope everything turns out ok, best wishes to you all, Jonathan

Duke Winser said...

I will pray for your wife's family and feel honored to do so. Thanks for sharing.

Duke Winser said...

I will pray for your wife's family and feel honored to do so. Thanks for sharing.

carojon said...

Hi Paul,
I think I understand the worry you and your family must be feeling right now. My brother and his family were caught up in the 2004 tsunami and it is horrible waiting for news.

Best wishes to you and your family. I really hope everything turns out well.

Jonathan

Johnny Rosbif said...

Fingers crossed Paul and Mai. I hope all the news you get is good.

Carlo Pagano said...

Hi Paul,

Thoughts and prayers for your wife's family and all other people effected by this disaster.

Best wishes and god bless.

Ken said...

Hope all goes well for your family.

Let us know.

Darren Ashton said...

Will do Paul, the family is in my thought and prayers.

Darren

Darren Ashton said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family matey.

Darren

Robert said...

Sincere best wishes to all over there, Paul. We've had a number of typhoons lash the Japanese mainland and offshore islands recently, and the damage has been fearsome. And these were nothing like that hitting the Philippines.

Our prayers are with everyone there, and we're making a financial contribution too.

paulalba said...

Still no news of our family, comms still down and everyone will have seen the pictures coming from tacloban by now. thanks for your prayers

paulalba said...

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers everyone. Mai got news that here aunt and niece where air lifted to Cebu from San Jose. Still no news of the rest of the family.

The poor families who stayed by the coast. We just feel so helpless but have to stay positive.

john de terre neuve said...

Good luck to your family Paul, fingers crossed. Prayers said.

John

Gonsalvo said...

Your family are certainly in my thoughts and prayers, Paul, as are all of the people of the Philippines who have suffered from the effects of the terrible storm.

fireymonkeyboy said...

Hang tight Paul. We're thinking of you and your family, and saying a prayer.

FMB

John (VonBlucher) said...

Paul,
Thoughts and prayers for Mai's and your family there. Words can convey, my sorrow for those caught in the path of Typhoon Haiyan.

Craig said...

Paul,
our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and the people of the Philippines.

Service Ration Distribution (Hobby) said...

Have prayed and will continue to for your family and the people of the Philippines. All the very best to you.

Michael Mills said...

A truly horrible situation for you mate. Having been through something similar here is Oz with the bushfires just recently I think I have some small idea what you're feeling. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you. Stay strong!

LittleArmies said...

Hi Paul, I hope everything turns out well for Mai's family. When I saw the reports I thought of you both. I didn't know her family were in the epicentre of the trouble. Lets look forward to some good news for her.
Malc

paulalba said...

Thanks so much everyone, So far we have Learned VandG phase 5 where mai's sister and 2 of her brothers plus kids and more of the family where sheltered was least hit with no causualties. The 2 other family homes of her brothers we don't know yet but are away from the shore so we are remaining positive however Mai has many relatives in tacloban.

Mai's aunt (88) and her family survived on the roof if their house just at the start of San Jose on the way to the airport. The area is devastated there. Every house will be damaged in some way maybe totally. I feel for the poor souls who have nit survived and who have lost loved ones.

Again thanks for everyones support

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

My thoughts and prayers to you and your wife's family Paul.

Best Wishes
Christopher

Scotsgrey said...

I joined the prayer today in the kirk.