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Dear Mother Nature,
First you flood the Philippines, where the homes of over 2 million people have been affected and 246 people have been reported dead so far. Then you unleash an undersea earthquake that turns into a tsunami on the Samoa Islands, killing dozens. After that, you take the same storm that menaced the Philippines, and move it over Laos and then Vietnam, where 170,000 homes have been damaged and 41 have been reported dead at last count. Still hell-bent on destruction, you then toss in another earthquake Wednesday–with a magnitude of 7.6–in Indonesia, near Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra, that claims 75 lives.
Lady, WTF? What did Asia ever do to you? Sleep with your fella, Father Time?!
Amidst all of this apocalyptic disaster, we did notice one tiny shred of good news:
On that note, do you think you could find room in your heart for a little more of that and, like, TAKE A FUCKING CHILL PILL?
How do you end a prayer to Mother Nature? Amen? Gaia be with me? LYLAS? Anyway…
A few images of the devastation and panic caused by rapid flooding:
Dr. Prisco Nilo, chief of the PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration) who briefed the National Disaster Coordinating Council on the disastrous events, took an opportunity during an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer to blame the residents: “Instead of just watching the soap operas on TV, they should also watch the news,” he said.
But the government–particularly its leader, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo–pointed elsewhere, noting that the Philippine government’s response and public cry for International help was “quick” …compared to the response of the United States to Hurricane Katrina (and despite more than 7 additional inches of rain).
The mighty United States–not known, by and large, to be crippled by location or poverty–clearly pondered this statement, looked up to the sky, twiddled its thumbs and began to whistle nonchalantly.
Filed under: Bad Examples, Death Toll, Disasters, Doing Nothing, Hurricane Katrina, Ketsana, Ondoy, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, The Blame Game, the Philippines, This is Bullshit, U.S. Epic Fails