Give2Asia has opened the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund and is working with its field team to coordinate short-term relief efforts and identify needs for long term recovery. For more information and to contribute, visit the Give2Asia website.
On Friday, Super Typhoon Yolanda, also known as Haiyan, touched down in the Philippines.
Known in the Philippines as ‘Yolanda’, the super storm is the most intense in world history, sustaining wind speeds between 190-230mph. Only three storms since 1969 have had Haiyan’s central pressure of 895mb.
With little land standing between it and the Philippines, Haiyan made landfall on the city of Taclooban in Leyte province as a CAT-5 hurricane. Photos from the small town of 222,000 inhabitants are truly harrowing. Stories of roofs being torn apart, boats flying through the air, and evacuation centers being destroyed are slowly trickling out of the region which still lacks proper phone service.
Partners on the ground sent Give2Asia a document released by The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) and The Protection Cluster in the Philippines, established by the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). It's figures are accurate as of November 11th. Here are some of the highlights:
●Total recorded affected population has now reached 9.6 million of which 615,000 persons remain displaced in 1,444 evacuation centers.
●The national government has declared a State of National Calamity.
●Priority needs include food, potable water, medicines, clothing, blankets, hygiene kits and plastic sheetings.
●The need for communication becomes more intense as the days go by.
More affected persons are desperate to inform their relatives of their condition and their whereabouts. Likewise, relatives of affected population outside the affected areas want to know the means and ways to help.
●Flooding has subsided in most of the affected areas however, caution has been circulated again for possible flooding and landslide because of incoming tropical depression.
●Information on the extent of damages and actual number of casualties remains limited because some areas remain inaccessible due to broken bridges and road, fallen debris and uprooted trees. Power lines remain cut off in 7 regions while communication lines remain down in 3 regions.
●Search and rescue operation is also ongoing. More and more casualties were reported per province however, consolidated figure is not yet available.
●Some of the IDPs prefer to stay at their partially damaged houses rather than in evacuation centers. Others have put up makeshift tents out of salvaged materials in their places of origin.
●Children and women have started to openly beg along the streets for donations. Physical security of these children are at risk.
Give2Asia has experience not just responding with impactful donations not just for disasters of this magnitude, but specifically in the Philippines, where it has responded to five previous disasters.