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Philippines Disaster

The Philippines has been devastated by a super typhoon with winds of 235 mph.  A few weeks ago we were hit with 80 mph winds so I can't really imagine what the people of the Philippines are going through.
Initial estimates are that 1200 people have been killed.  Perhaps our government should divert some of the money we're giving to India to help the Philippines.
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Our hearts go out to them.
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The storm rumbles on and the mainland is now under threat.
Here's a Daily Mail article in which they reprint some stunning photos from the main news agencies.
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I agree completely
A minor point - not really relevant to the  tragedy - but there may be some confusion about the wind speeds as other sources including the Philippines Met Agency give it as 235kph sustained not mph
http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/super-typhoon-yolanda/
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You might be right there Jim but nevertheless still a blow Wink
The Daily Mail seemed to change its units from kph to mph tonight.  Guess they were originally just taking  Reuters copy and repeating it. (no need to post the link I don't think)
Thanks for your link Jim.
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I have relatives in Manila and have been reading their thoughts on Facebook.
Apparently they were not directly in the path of the storm but have property with tenants that is and communications are, at best, patchy.
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The Philippine President Benigno Aquino declares a state of national calamity.
Estimates of 10,000 or more have been killed in the storm.
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A point that always intrigues me, is the apparent inability of nations to provide fast relief for the inhabitants of disaster areas like this, but literally within hours the worlds media can magically get multitudes of well fed journalists to the scene.
Wonder what David Miliband and International Rescue are cooking up to help. 
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Justine Greening's gaff was a bit 'out of order'................."Indonesia needs our help" Radio 4 today Undecided
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We have supplies ready in Dubai and it is being shipped to the Philippines from there.
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Before Tony Blair came to power, if there was a disaster abroad like this our RAF Hercules planes would be stuffed up with emergency supplies and flown over to air drop the goods.
What happened to that?
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I think the answer to most of the above questions is "sheer scale"; pinpricks on an elephants hide etc.  Cry
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Before Tony Bliar came to power, if there was a disaster abroad like this our RAF Hercules planes would be stuffed up with emergency supplies and flown over to air drop the goods.
What happened to that?

Did you not read what I said?? We have already started to send aid from supplies which we hold in Dubai.
@HPsauce, a good point. The scale of this disaster is unparalleled.
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And it might not be all over just yet.
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Before Tony Bliar came to power, if there was a disaster abroad like this our RAF Hercules planes would be stuffed up with emergency supplies and flown over to air drop the goods.
What happened to that?

Did you not read what I said?? We have already started to send aid from supplies which we hold in Dubai.
@HPsauce, a good point. The scale of this disaster is unparalleled.

You said they were shipping yes. I understood that to be sailing on a ship but maybe you meant moved by plane? - sorry if i misunderstood.
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Strat, have you heard anything more from your relatives in Manilla?