Category five Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on Friday 8 November forcing millions of people to seek shelter. The latest news from the disaster zone tells us up to 4 million children may have been impacted by the event.
The super typhoon ripped roofs off housing, uprooted trees and killed thousands of people.As the victims now struggle to survive the aftermath, here’s how you can help.
The Queensland Government will provide $1 million in emergency aid and offer specialist rescue and recovery personnel to help with the devastation caused in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, but everybody has the opportunity to lend a helping hand.
Shout For Good Typhoon Haiyan Appeal: In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, children and their families are likely to be in urgent need of food, clean water, shelter and healthcare. Save the Children’s emergency teams are on the ground right now preparing to assist those most affected. With so many people in the direct path of the typhoon, we’re likely to require more funds to meet the needs of those affected. You can help by downloading the Shout For Good smart phone app and chose an item or an amount to donate to the cause.
UNICEF: The team at UNICEF are particularly concerned about the health of children and their families, due to the impact of the typhoon on water supply and sanitation systems. As in any natural or man-made disasters, children are among those who suffer the most. UNICEF has launched an emergency response and is distributing therapeutic food, health kits and water and hygiene kits. Your donation will help provide immediate relief to families and children affected by the disaster through the distribution of water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins, and micronutrient supplements.
Red Cross: When the super typhoon hit over the weekend, around 270,000 people on the central island of Bohol were still living in makeshift shelters or under tarpaulins after their homes had been destroyed by the earthquake. Red Cross staff and volunteers are on the ground in the disaster-affected communities, helping people evacuate and providing emergency first aid and relief supplies, such as food, water and shelter. You can make a donation to Red Cross to assist with these efforts.
Here in Brisbane we’re thankful not to have to deal with typhoons, but with storm season looming over us it’s always good to be prepared.