“The casualties are increasing day by day. There are dead bodies everywhere. People are traumatised. The most urgent needs are for food and water. We really need all the help we can get." - Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary Caritas Philippines
The destruction of the monster storm that hit the Philippines last weekend has been likened to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Over 9.5 million people have been affected and urgently need shelter, clean water, sanitation and health supplies. Samar, the first location where the storm made landfall, has about 733,000 people.
Days after the typhoon struck many residents have still not been contactableand thousands are reported missing.We urgently need your help to deliver emergency aid.
Caritas Australia http://www.caritas.org.au/learn/emergency-response/typhoon-haiyan-aid-response is working with our long term partners to respond quickly and effectively to this latest crisis, having already committed $1 million to support the relief efforts. Supplies are arriving in transport hubs such as Cebu, a critical step in getting live saving assistance to those who need it most.
Through our network of partners, including CRS (Caritas USA) and Caritas Philippines, we are helping to provide essential supplies to those most in need. This includes emergency shelters, water and sanitation and relief items such as blankets and cooking utensils. Initial response efforts will help at least 32,000 families across three of the most vulnerable regions in Leyte and Samar, where aid efforts have not previously reached.