12 November 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan Leaves 2,500 Dead, Another 9 Million in Need of Aid

11/12/2013: Reports from the Philippines this weekend estimate that more than 2,000 people are dead after Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippine city of Tacloban, 360 miles south of Manila. AlertNet and INGOs such as UNICEF and the International Rescue Committee are estimating that over 600,000 people have been displaced and at least nine million people are in need of aid.

President Benigno Aquino III has declared that the Philippines are now under a state of national calamity, and is calling on other world leaders and humanitarian aid organizations to help the typhoon ravaged island nation.

The United States, Britain, Australia, and Japan have all pledged money, time, and resources to the Philippines. Aircraft carriers with water, food, and medicine are currently on course for Tacloban - where survivors are being forced to subsist on nothing but what few emergency supplies they can find.

SOS Children Safe, SOS Teams Responding to Crisis

Our SOS Children’s Villages in Calbayog, Cebu, and Iloilo have all been spared significant damage, but SOS Tacloban was as hard hit as the rest of the city. Fortunately all of our SOS Mothers and children are safe, but the Village itself has sustained significant damage. All SOS family members from Tacloban have been evacuated to SOS Calbayog, where they will live until the damage to the Village can be repaired and the safety of Tacloban from looters is assured.

SOS staff members from Cebu and Manila, including much-needed architects, have already been mobilized to Tacloban. Now SOS is looking to ensure the safety of children who have been displaced or separated from their families. Like the 2004 Tsunami, the SOS emergency relief team is preparing any and all resources to make sure that children, who are most vulnerable in emergency situations, are cared for.

You can be a part of the relief efforts in the Philippines by making a donation to SOS.