On September 26th, Typhoon Ondoy devastated Metro Manila. In the course of 12 hours, it dumped 16 inches of rain all over the Philippine capital.
Three days later, the death toll (now over 140) is steadily rising, as are the number of displaced people (about 400,000).
Whole houses are underwater, people are stranded on rooftops, and the Philippine government is ill-equipped to deal with the disaster.
Rescue operations are still going on, so if you want to help, Google has put together a comprehensive list of relief efforts here.
I don’t think a lot of people realize how terrible the situation is right now, so if you just forward the links and let people know that there is something you can do to help–donate to Red Cross, send relief goods, etc.–it would make a huge difference.
Peace and love,