Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms to form on planet Earth, slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, killing an estimated 10,000 people and displacing more than 600,000, according to Reuters.
The powerful storm reportedly destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of structures that came into its path and made landfall in the northern region of Vietnam, bordering China on Monday. Although it’s not as strong as it was in the Philippines, it has nevertheless been classified as a severe tropical storm.
A doctor helping out the survivors was quoted as saying, "We haven't anything left to help people with. We have to get supplies in immediately."
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and charities, local and international, are speeding up efforts to help the typhoon-hit victims who are in desperate need of aid.
United Nations (World Food Program):
TheUnited Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Program is providing clean food and water along with medical aid including important vaccines for typhoon-hit victims.
“UNICEF's supply division in Copenhagen was loading 60 metric tons of relief supplies for an emergency airlift expected to arrive in the Philippines on Tuesday,” according to the Associated Press.
The American Red Cross:
Since many phones lines in the storm-hit region are down in the Philippines, the organization has activated its family-tracing services for missing persons.
The official website says in order to support relief efforts, “You can mail a check to your local American Red Cross chapter designating Philippines Typhoons and Flood in the memo line.”
The Philippines Red Cross (PRC):
“Welfare Desks including RFL and tracing services are established in the affected areas. National Societies abroad that are approached by families without news of their loved ones can contact the PRC Social Services Department,” PRC states.
More information on relief efforts and donations is available here.
Google “Person Finder” And Relief Map:
Google Crisis Response Team also published a crowdsourced map for the Philippines to help people easily locate evacuation centers, crisis areas, and relief drop zone areas.
In addition, the internet giant helps find missing people through its tool “Person Finder.”
It also has a mobile version. Google states:
“You can request status via SMS by sending an SMS to 2662999 (Globe subscribers), 4664999 (SMART subscribers), 22020999 (Sun subscribers), or +16508003977 with the message Search person-name.”
Other organizations and charities that are accepting online contributions include the following:
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