Although hundreds of aid workers from all over the world have arrived in the hard hit provinces of Philippines but the devastation is too much to tackle within weeks , even months. Some of the residents and relief workers who would typically have provided aid found themselves needing help. Many of those who had helped with recovery efforts in the past were this time in no position to help others immediately -- they stayed alive by clinging to rafters in their barracks. Some even clutched a palm tree's trunk for survival.
Just within few hours on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan completely rendered desolate many parts of the central Philippines. According to several reports It was one of the strongest storms in the history of Philippines.
Multiple resources states that the death toll from the Typhoon Haiyan is estimated to be above 10,000 leaving hundreds of thousands more homeless. The Government of Philippines has declared a “state of calamity.”
The nation's disaster agency said more than 9 million people were affected in 44 provinces, 536 municipalities and 55 cities. Nearly 2 million were displaced, with about 400,000 of them finding shelter inside evacuation centers.
To all the disaster hit people in Philippines, rest assure that our hearts and thoughts are with you and we want to make sure you’re aware of the online resources to find loved ones or request rescue.
To rest of the world all those who are enjoying the safety of their homes and sufficiency of food and water, please help those desperate for clean water and food by donating to the UN World Food Programme efforts for Philippines:
- USA: Text
27722to donate $10
- UK: Text
70303to donate £3
- Canada: Text
45678to donate $5
- Rest of the world Donate online