Typhoon Megi (Typhoon Juan) lashed Northern Philippines with gusts of wind in excess of 300 kilometers per hour making it the strongest typhoon in recent history. While the people of Northern Luzon have always been known for their resilience and hardiness, the unique geography of the area makes the logistics of giving assistance challenging and time-consuming. As I type this, many towns – especially those in the Cordillera Administrative Region – are currently isolated. The photo above was taken by Naty Sugguiyao of Kalinga.
Following last year’s Typhoon Pepeng, Sagada was without power for almost two weeks and the travel time from Baguio lengthened from five hours to well over nine hours due to the many landslides that affected the Halsema Highway.
They need our help. Please donate to the Philippine Red Cross. Send encouraging words to your family and friends who live in the typhoon ravaged provinces – Isabela, Cagayan Valley, Kalinga, Apayo, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Quirino, Benguet, Abra, La Union and Aurora.
Or better yet, visit them in a few week’s time to show them your support.
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