November 10, 2013

How We Can Best Help: Typhoon Haiyan kills up to 10,000 in Philippines. {updates}

EUMETSAT Image of Typhoon Haiyan striking the Philippines.

9.4 million people without water, housing, food, rx…it’s hard to imagine. That’s like 94 large football stadiums, back to back.


Via Reddit:

the situation report has the following information:

  • 2,055,630 families or 9,497,847 persons were affected
  • The number of damaged houses is currently at 19,551 (13,191 have been totally destroyed)
  • A state of calamity has been declared in the province of Antique, as well as in Janiuay and Dumangas in the province of Iloilo
  • Flooding, landslides, and fallen trees blocked several roads, but most are now passable thanks to ongoing clearing operations

The Red Cross is reporting that an additional 6.5 million people in Vietnam could be affected. source

If you are trying to find someone in the Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoon, you can try using one of these sources:

You can help disaster responders by working with MicroMappers and tagging tweets that are relevant to response efforts.


If you would like to donate, here are some organizations that could use your help:

note: I pulled the donation info from /u/hitokiri_battousai’s comment here. If you have another reputable organization that is helping out, let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

note: “From someone who actually knows something about life in the Philippines: don’t give your money to the red cross. UNICEF does a much better job at getting supplies out to people. An hour and a half into the jungle you can still find UNICEF labels on supplies, the red cross will keep most of what is given to them. The Philippines are very very corrupt.”

note: GlobalGiving.org’s Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund is raising funds to support immediate relief and long term recovery efforts. Donations made to the relief fund will be used to support local organizations that are well positioned to make a direct impact in their communities but lack the name brand recognition to fundraise internationally.

After the 2011 Japan Tsunami, GlobalGiving raised over $8.9M for the Japan relief fund and used it to support a variety of local non-profits in the Japan doing incredible work.

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