Fortnight In The Philippines

Fortnight In The Philippines

by Meira bat Erachaim


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Typhoon Haiyan was one of the largest typhoons ever recorded, and the largest typhoon to hit land. The Philippines suffered catastrophic damage from Typhoon Haiyan at the end of the rainy season in 2013. Over 11 million people in the Philippines were adversely affected by the typhoon. Thousands of people died, with over four times as many injured. Almost two thousand people went missing. The typhoon destroyed over two million homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, churches, and community centres.

The world watched and responded as the typhoon tore through the Philippines. Relief organisations immediately sent in much needed supplies and teams of volunteers. They joined with local residents to search for missing survivors and guide people to evacuation centres.

Within a week of the typhoon international humanitarian aid poured into the Philippines. Countries as close as China, Australia, Japan, and as far away as Canada and Britain sent medical personnel and search and rescue teams. Israel and Australia set up field hospitals to treat victims of the storm and local residents requiring medical assistance, and the United States and China sent hospital vessels.

This is the personal account of one of the search and rescue teams that operated in the middle of the Visayas region of the Philippines in the weeks following Typhoon Haiyan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497499980
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/18/2013
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Meira bat Erachaim was born and raised in South Africa, went to university in the United States, and lived and worked in China before settling in Israel.

She has worked as a helicopter pilot, documentary filmmaker, English teacher, and is currently a casualty extraction and medical evacuation combat support officer with the Israeli Air Force. In her spare time she climbs mountains, swims naked and irritates her mother.

Her first published book, "Letters To Friends", received high praise from the five people who read it. Her second book, "Fortnight in the Philippines", details search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The controversial "Venom of Asps" was followed by "Her Whole Darkness in Motion".

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