Is Super Typhoon Yolanda History Relived?

posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Rodel Montebon
Katkat, katkats everywhere.

“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”

Those were the famous words of French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947 Andre Gide. You might not believe historical recurrences, like events in the past happening once again in the present.

An American daily newspaper that was running from 1900’s called The Washington Herald had printed this news on November 30, 1912, with a headline “15,000 DIE IN PHILIPPINE STORM”. The newspaper was making rounds in Washington D.C. Below a photo the newspaper bearing the news:

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The full text of the news is this:

“That 15,000 persons were probably killed and wounded in a typhoon that swept the Philippine Islands last Tuesday was reported yesterday in cable dispatches to the Bureau of Internal Affairs.

The typhoon swept the Visayas and is said to have practically destroyed Tacloban, the capital of Leyte, and to have wrought enormous damage and loss of life at Capiz, the capital of the province of Capiz.

Tacloban has a population of 12,000. Capiz has a population of over 20,000. Capiz is the terminal of the railroad from Iloilo. It is the most important sugar port.

Aid Rushed to Scene

The first news of the catastrophe came in a dispatch from the governor general of the Philippines. No figures of the dead or injured were given, but it was stated that probably half the population of the two cities had been lost.

The governor general sent his dispatch on Thursday. He informed the department that he was rushing a shipload of food, clothing, and all available medical supplies to Tacloban. All telegraphic noypistuff communication has been destroyed, and it is impossible to get other than vague reports of the extent of the disaster. That Tacloban has suffered an enormous loss of life is believed to be certain.

Following the receipt of the dispatch announcing the heavy casualties in the Visayas, the Red Cross prepared to rush a relief fund to the governor general. The Washington office has cabled the insular government asking how great is their need.”

One hundred years later, November 7, 2013, a super typhoon named Yolanda hit Tacloban, leaving the place in chaos, and killing more than 5,000 people. The image of the newspaper had made rounds on social media which gained different reactions from the netizens.

Some confirmed that it was really a repetition of history.