Tweet Source: Definitely Filipino Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared a state of emergency after a tropical typhoon Washi (Sendong) battered the country and reportedly claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 people. Regions most affected by the tropical storm were areas of the cities Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on Mindanao island. In a mere few hours the raging elements led to local rivers overflowing their banks and flash floods to cause water saturated soil to slip down slopes destroying everything in their path. Due to the almost zero chance of finding anyone still alive, dozens of people who previously were considered missing are now presumed to be fatalities of the typhoon. Humanitarian organizations are trying to provide food, water and medicine to the villages damaged by the storm. The Filipino authorities fearing epidemics are organizing mass graves even whilst grieving relatives only just begin to come to terms with their loss. Source: PAP/EPA President Aquino inspected the area of damage from the cockpit of a helicopter. Following a wave of public criticisms and accusations directed at the authorities, the head of state announced an investigation into possible negligence that might have contributed to the landslides in Mindanao. My Filippino friend, Rachel Fernandez, wrote on her Facebook wall: “Don’t buy firecrackers this Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Please, donate and help the people of Philippines”. And here is how you can help: Red Cross via SMS Red Cross: Text RED AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart) G-Cash: Text DONATE AMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882 You can donate the following denominations: Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 Red Cross via Bank Deposits Banco De Oro (Swift Code: BNORPHMM) Peso: 00 -453-0018647 Dollar: 10-453-0039482 Bank of the Philippine Islands (Swift Code: BOPIPHMM) Peso: 4991-0036-52 Dollar: 00 -4994-0103-15 Metrobank (Swift Code: MBTCPHMM) Peso: 151-3-041631228 Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2 Philippine National Bank (Swift Code: PNBMPHMM) Peso: 3752 8350 0034 Dollar: 3752-8350-0042 Unionbank of the Philippines (Swift Code: UNPHPHMM) Peso: 1015 4000 0201 Dollar: 1315-4000-0090 SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER Thank you, your sign-up request was successful! Please check your e-mail inbox. Given email address is already subscribed, thank you! Please provide a valid email address. Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.