Still thinking a lot about Typhoon Haiyan and its victims in the Philippines. Vietnam is bracing anew as we type.
The Associated Press (US) took this photograph of the airport at Tacloban:
One Tacloban resident said he and others took refuge inside a parked Jeep to protect themselves from the storm, but the vehicle was swept away by a surging wall of water.
“The water was as high as a coconut tree,” said 44-year-old Sandy Torotoro, a bicycle taxi driver who lives near the airport with his wife and 8-year-old daughter. “I got out of the Jeep and I was swept away by the rampaging water with logs, trees and our house, which was ripped off from its mooring.”
“When we were being swept by the water, many people were floating and raising their hands and yelling for help. But what can we do? We also needed to be helped,” Torotoro said.
Let us hope that the half-million Vietnamese evacuated ahead of Haiyan’s fury will be safe, and that all can recover soon.