For the ones left behind
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
By this time, Typhoon Pablo should have moved away from our country after weakening to a tropical storm before leaving. It has, however, left in its wake death and destruction so unimaginable that it will be a long, long time, before the areas and the people it has wrought its worst, will forget or recover from the experience.
Until this day, rescuers are still digging out bodies of those who were not able to get away from it on time. Its winds and rains, and the landslides it caused spared no one in its path. Buildings, trees, food crops nearing harvest, posts, sea-going vessels, including those already moored, nothing was spared. Scenes and footages taken of the areas affected were truly shocking, because they could not be compared to any that we had experience before.
Also very heartrending were the pictures published, or shown in the media of people mourning, looking in disbelief as the bodies lined up for identification and breaking out in wails of grief upon recognizing that of a loved one who had been so alive and so vital just a few hours earlier.
It has to be admitted, though, that the destruction and deaths could have been worse if some of our local governments had not learned lessons from previous calamities and instituted preparations, like calling for and even forcing evacuation on those who initially did not believe Typhoon Pablo would be that cruel. Let us hope that we gain something from this, by way of better preparation, and more political will in getting people out of harm’s way, even if they resist.
But now that the worst is over and there is nothing more we can do for those who lost their lives, their livelihood and their homes, let us manifest our own thankfulness in being spared by generously sharing with the survivors as much as we can, if only to ease their pain and loss. And while we are offering prayers in thanksgiving for the protection we received, let us also pray for the souls of those who lost their lives in the wake of Pablo.
Let us pray for their eternal repose and for acceptance of God’s will by the ones they left behind, so they can move on from this tragic phase of their lives.*