On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan—known as Yolanda in the Philippines—made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage.
According to USAID, the storm affected an estimated 9.7 million people, and damaged or destroyed approximately 23,200 houses, as well as public infrastructure and agricultural land. Those numbers are expected to increase in the coming days as more information becomes available.
How You Can Help
The best way to help those affected by disasters is to make a cash donation to reputable relief and charitable organizations working in the disaster zone.
Contact the Center for International Disaster Information to learn where to donate
On the web: www.cidi.org
By phone: 202-821-1999
Visit the following sites for lists of organizations responding to Typhoon Haiyan.
DISASTER RESPONSE UPDATES
As President Obama said in a statement this weekend, the U.S. government is providing $20 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to benefit typhoon-affected populations, including the provision of emergency shelter, food assistance, relief commodities, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team and a corresponding Washington, D.C.- based Response Management Team, and other humanitarian groups including the International Red Cross and the United Nations have also deployed response teams.
There are more links, highlights and a video of President Obama speaking about the aid the US government has sent and also referring people to the site linked below to find ways to personally send help.
I am, and I know many of you are also, praying for everyone involved including family members in other parts of the world who are worried or grieving. I thought the info and links the white house staff provided might be useful to share here.