Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson offered prayers to his fellow countrymen in the Philippines that is currently being pummeled by typhoon Lando (international name: Koppu).
Clarkson, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, wrote this post on social messaging application lettrs.com on Sunday when the typhoon made its landfall in the country.
“I’ve never paid much attention to natural disasters prior to his year. When I lived in Missouri there were tornado warnings but now that I’m reconnected with my Filipino roots there is much concern.
“Typhoon Koppu swept into the northern Philippines. As I learn more about typhoons it is alarming to see the size and speed of Koppu.
“This huge, slow-moving typhoon made landfall near the town of Casiguran on the island of Luzon on Sunday morning. The speed of the typhoon is such that it will cause rain to fall in the same place for days causing major flooding.
“Prayers to all Casiguran and beyond.”
As of Sunday night, 15,000 people have been affected by the typhoon while at least eight people have been reported missing.
The typhoon has already slightly weakened, but the government still suspended government offices and classes in some affected areas on Monday. Lando is expected to leave the country on Wednesday.