I've been away on a trip that involved a lot of driving, no mobile signals and no access to the internet. The first I heard of the floods in the Philippines was a series of messages on Facebook, my contacts in the Philippines sending out thanks and appeals.
The Philippines is used to lashings of typhoons but this is different.
Here's a video from CNN:
The New York Times has this slideshow of photographs showing the appalling conditions in the aftermath of the floods.
As I write, another storm has struck the Philippines. If you are based in the UK, you can help by giving to the Red Cross appeal.