One of the strongest storms ever in recorded history hit the Philippines last week and has caused absolute chaos and destruction. Thousands of homes have been annihilated, many areas are without communications & power, and officials say as many as 10,000 lives have been lost.
VIDEO: Horrific Aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines:
As survivors search through the wreckage of their homes for loved ones, food and water, many Filipinos are struggling to cope with what they’ve lost and the monumental challenges they now face. Hundreds of thousands of survivors are in desperate need of drinkable water, food, shelter and medicine.
Aid workers and government officials are battling to get emergency supplies to hard-hit areas and need any help you can offer.
If you’d like to help, please visit the links below:
Philippine Red Cross - The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment, rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage from the typhoon and to support rescue efforts.
World Food Program - The World Food Program is working to bring food to refugees around the world and people facing hardship due to natural disasters. The organization is mobilizing quickly to reach those in need in the Philippines, according to its website, and donations will help provide emergency food assistance to families and children in the area devastated by a typhoon.
UNICEF - The world’s largest buyer of vaccines, provides immunizations for more than one third of the world’s children. Since 1980, UNICEF has helped quadruple global immunization rates for children, saving countless lives. Today, infant and childhood vaccination saves up to 3 million children’s lives a year.
Catholic Relief Services - Catholic Relief Services has dispatched a team to the area affected by the storm, but said travel to the most hard-hit cities and towns was “extremely slow” because of damaged infrastructure and debris-clogged roads. It is accepting donations online.
Samaritan’s Purse - Samaritan’s Purse has deployed disaster response specialists, including water and nutrition experts, to the Philippines, according to its website. Their team is working with local Christians to coordinate relief efforts on the hard-hit islands of Leyte and Samar.
American Red Cross - The American Red Cross, which responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disaster each year, is accepting donations to help people affected by the Pacific typhoon, according to its website. Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of an individual.
AmeriCares - AmeriCares is a non-profit emergency response and global health organization. In a statement on its website, AmeriCares says it delivers medical and humanitarian aid to people in need worldwide in times of epic disaster or daily struggle.
Salvation Army - The Salvation Army is accepting donations specifically for Typhoon Haiyan. According to a Salvation Army statement, cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. The relief services are funded entirely by donors and the Salvation Army says it uses 100 percent of all disaster donations to support disaster relief operations.
Mercy Corps - Mercy Corps is deploying emergency responders to the Philippines and will be working with partners on the ground to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of survivors, the organization says on its website. Mercy Corps says donations will help survivors meet their basic needs and begin rebuilding after the typhoon.
International Rescue Committee - The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has dispatched an emergency team to the Philippines to respond to basic safe water, hygiene and sanitation needs. The IRC plans to expand its response as determined by needs on the ground.
Doctors Without Borders - Emergency teams from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have been in Cebu city (second largest city in Philippines) since Saturday, Nov. 9. MSF will strengthen its team with an additional 50 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the next few days. Currently based in Cebu, teams– including two doctors and an orthopedic specialist– will also go to Tacloban and islands west of Cebu.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has begun collecting funds for relief efforts and consulting with local authorities, the Filipino Jewish community, and global partners to assess the unfolding situation on the ground and ensure survivors’ immediate needs are addressed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philippines. Be strong.
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-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team