Disaster has become such a staple in the Philippine archipelago, many of our ‘kababayans’ have organized all their lives preempting one. A classic example: Yolanda and the island called Leyte.
With MacArthur fulfilling its promise on the island (and cemented there), Leyte has had its share in taking part in national history. And its biggest act ever, triggering a global outpouring of support, is Super typhoon Yolanda. Leyte residents, mostly Warays, are a hardy people, even their homes, a trophy for many generation of storms and weather imbalances, have outlived dozens of tempests. But not this time. The media and PAGASA (ironically a nomenclature of hope) voiced an impending disaster, but the writing on the wall seem hazy at best. And the rest is history.
It’s with a little bit of sorrow and pride that I present to you fine gentlemen and ladies of the hour, a countdown of the Top 10 worst disasters to grace our country since man learned to navigate a pen. Sorrow for the fallen and their families, pride in the fact that we’ve grown stronger as a nation each time.
Casualties: 995 people dead
Casualties: 1,080 people dead
Casualties: 1,126 dead
Casualties: about 1,200 people dead
Casualties: about 1,300 people dead
Casualties: 1,363 people dead
Casualties: about 1,900 people dead
Casualties: over 1,900 dead
Casualties: more than 5,100 people dead
Casualties: 5,000 to 8,000 dead
For more of the nitty-gritty details, please look into here. I have not included the recent super typhoon as it could easily be a serious contender for the top spot.
Once again, folks, we’ve crossed the Rubicon and spun another Top 10. Hope that hit the bull’s eye. If it failed to hit the mark, and if anything comes up, do drop us a line or two in the comments section below.
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What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?