Monday, November 11, 2013

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We were spared from the typhoon last Friday (and even got to run New Balance race) but not all our fellow countrymen were as lucky.  Let's share the blessings that we have and start helping our fellow brothers and sisters in Tacloban, Samar and other places in the country that were hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda.


Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged the central part of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. It left a storm of destruction in its wake, triggering 12 to 15 feet high storm surges, flooding and landslides and affecting an estimated 4 million people.
Early news reports indicate massive damage to life and property as Yolanda inundated even evacuation centers where hundreds of families took shelter during the storm. Telecommunication lines and electricity are down. Air and sea ports are closed. Media reports have identified food, safe water, medical assistance, and shelter as priority needs.
UNICEF, with humanitarian partners, has deployed assessment teams to support and assist the government in response to this latest disaster.
We are ready with prepositioned supplies to quickly respond to children’s needs in terms of nutrition, water, sanitation & hygiene, education and protection.
Our resources are severely stretched from responding to three emergencies in a row within two months: the armed conflict in Zamboanga on September 9, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol on October 15, and now Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Again, we urgently appeal for your help so that we can respond to those affected by this latest calamity.
A one-time donation of P 1,500 can help provide 7 families with a month's supply of safe drinking water.
A one-time donation of P 3,300 can help provide 15 people with essential hygiene items such as soap, towels and water pails
A one-time donation of P 5,000 can help provide a child-friendly space for 3 children in an evacuation center
Donate via this linkUNICEF

Red Cross conducts assessment, sends aid after supertyphoon battered Visayas
After super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) battered Visayas, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment, rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts.
Staff and volunteers from local chapters are now deployed in different affected areas. Three teams from the National Headquarters will be deployed in Samar, Leyte and Capiz together with the Water Search and Rescue Teams of Olongapo Chapter.

PRC Operation Center reported that as of this morning communication lines in Leyte were still down, flood waters were approximately 10 feet high brought by the storm surge in Tacloban City and Palo City.
Power supplies in Eastern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Masbate, Sorsogon, Leyte, Negros, Capiz, Romblon and Busuanga have not been restored since 9 am this morning.

The PRC chapter in Masbate will be conducting assessment in Balud, one of the hardest hit areas, were no reports were gathered as of today.

In Leyte, PRC packed relief goods for immediate distribution to evacuation centers. Hot meals were provided to 450 evacuees in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and Eastern Visayas State University.

Even before the typhoon Yolanda entered Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), food and non-food items were already prepositioned in PRC Cebu Regional Warehouse consisting of 2,000 tins of ready to eat food, 4,000 blankets, 4,000 plastic mats, 2,000 hygiene kits, 2,000 jerry cans, 10 units of health emergency tents and 5,000 of food and non-food items with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Welfare Desks including restoring family links and tracing services were established in the affected areas to assist affected individuals with tracing inquiries.

Hot meals were also provided to 3,365 affected individuals in Masbate, San Pablo and Capiz.

As of 9am, a total of 19,677 families (993,585 persons) were temporarily sheltered in 353 evacuation centers.

More than 340 barangays from 46 municipalities and cities were reported affected.
Donate via this link:  RED CROSS

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