“Corazon (40) with her four children putting their lives back together after there home was destroyed. Her husband is out looking for food. The full scale of the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is only now becoming apparent.” Credit: Pio Arce/Genesis Photos – World Vision
PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Disaster
Cochrane, AB, November 16, 2013—According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some 11 million people have been affected, over 4,400 reported deaths, and nearly 1 million people have been displaced in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. “Tens of thousands of people are living in the open or sheltering in the remains of their homes and badly damaged public buildings, exposed to rain and wind. Many have lost loved ones and are traumatized by their experience. Our focus is now on scaling up our efforts,” Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said at a press conference in the capital, Manila.
Canadian Global Response partners have been mobilized and are on route to the Philippines, where they will help assess, prioritize areas of need, and respond with other local teams. Relief efforts include supplying basic necessities, such as food, water, shelter and clothing. Efforts that recognize the reality of clean up as a long-term commitment are also being undertaken, as we seek to understand how we can best partner with relief in the future.
Incredibly, the Canadian Government offered to match Canadian donations. Many took advantage of this opportunity.
But it is not too late… Press on this online donation link or forward a cheque to our CGR office in Cochrane, with the note “Typhoon Haiyan Fund.”
We will continue to post updates as they become available, and thank you for the donations already received towards the Typhoon Haiyan Fund.