Published on November 9th, 2013 | by No Artificial
How To Help Typhoon Haiyan Victims
Super typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever, slammed into Philippines.
Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), a category-5 super typhoon, slammed into the central Philippines on Friday. With sustained winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and gusts as strong as 380 kph (235 mph), Haiyan was most likely the strongest tropical cyclone to strike land anywhere in the world in recorded history.
Haiyan killed at least 2,275 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region’s main city.
“People are walking like zombies looking for food,” Jenny Chu, a medical student in Leyte told Reuters. “It’s like a movie.”
According to the latest OCHA Situation Report, about 4.3 million people are affected by the Typhoon in 36 provinces. Over 330,900 people are in 1,223 evacuation centers and 11,200 people are staying with host communities.
Haiyan was the second category 5 super typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.
“The devastation is, I don’t have the words for it,” Interior Secretary Mar Roxas told Reuters. “It’s really horrific. It’s a great human tragedy.”
There is no doubt that typhoon victims need our help today. Please see below how to offer support.
To support relief efforts in the Philippines you can mail a check to your local American Red Cross chapter designating Philippines Typhoons and Flood in the memo line. Click here to donate funds online.
The organization has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts. Click here to learn how you can donate.
U.S. residents can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online.
U.S. residents can text the word TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or donate online.
AmeriCares is providing emergency funding that will allow partner organizations in the Philippines to purchase and distribute critical relief supplies in the hardest-hit areas.
Click here to donate online.
The organization is providing food, water and hygiene kits at the evacuation centers.
Click here to make a donation online.
Catholic Relief Services, their partners and other aid agencies are in the process of mobilizing resources to help the government and the most affected areas. Donate Online.