How You Can Help the Philippines In Haiyan’s Aftermath
Matt | On 13, Nov 2013
A storm of unimaginable proportions hit the Philippines late last week. The path of destruction in the central part of the Asian country is unlike anything most people have seen in their lifetimes.
Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda) came ashore on November 8 packing winds of 199 mi/hr (320 km/hr). On Monday, the storm was designated as a Super Typhoon because of the sheer level of wind speed and chaos left in its path. As of Wednesday morning, at least 2,275 people were feared dead with nearly 2,500 injured, according to Philippines President Benigno Aquino III speaking to CNN. Early media reports said the number of dead could rise to 10,000, though that has been revised downward to 2,500 dead. Haiyan affected nearly 11 million people in total.
Typhoons are south Asia’s version of hurricanes. Same storms, just different names. In the northern Pacific they are referred to as cyclones. In the western hemisphere, the storms are called hurricanes.
Meteorologists believe that Typhoon Haiyan was one of the worst storms ever to make landfall on the planet.
Despite the shocking statistics, survivors left on the ground have been dealing with scarce, if any, food supplies and water. International aid agencies have promised help, as well as the governments of many foreign countries. The United States has the USS George Washington, a military aircraft carrier, en route to the affected area as of Tuesday afternoon.
The United Nations made a call for $301 million in aid to go toward relief efforts after the storm. They have already dispersed $25 million in immediate funding to help with relief efforts in the area.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- American Red Cross
- World Food Programme
- Complete list of relief efforts and ways to get involved (via Weather.com)