The Uncertainties Of Tomorrow
As of this writing, the Dec. 26 tsunami which struck South Asia has an estimated 80, 000 death toll and is still rising. The record can surpass the 100, 000 mark as days go by because of mass grave, the contaminated water, hunger, lack of hospital facilities/doctors and nurses to care for the sick.
The gruesome images of children shown by CNN on the 28th of December crying for their dead parents are hard to bear. The videos of an adult who wept and screamed while watching their loved ones being buried are terrifying.
And I remember the foggy 4:28 afternoon of July 16, 1990 in the City of Pines when a 7.7 tremor hit the place. It was the time when Mount Pinatubo exploded. I was living in Baguio and saw the grief of many, the horrifying devastation of the earthquake and felt a multitude of aftershocks.
It was the longest day of my life and I still couldn’t believe I escaped death for the third time. But knowing the recent tragedy and the trauma it caused to many, my heart can only pity them because no amount of consolation, advice and material wealth can make them move on at once. Losing someone dear to you forever is not that easy. My heart goes out to the victims of this calamity and may they find peace the soonest.
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