Typhoon Haiyan: the Philippines needs your help
At the weekend, a devastating storm hit the Philippines, destroying homes, hospitals and schools - leaving thousands of families hopeless and desperate.
Here, Brendan Paddy of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) explains what British aid agencies are doing to help communities re-build their lives, and how you can continue to support their efforts.
Disasters Emergency Committee
Posted on: Wed 13-Nov-13 14:17:18
(10 comments )
Last weekend a typhoon barrelled through the Philippines leaving a trail of complete destruction in its wake – homes, roads, trees and power lines wrenched from the ground and tangled into an unimaginable mess. Over eleven million people have been affected and nearly 700,000 have been left homeless. Yesterday the Disasters Emergency Committee launched an appeal on national television to the British public to help.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is a collection of fourteen British aid agencies including the charities Oxfam, British Red Cross and Save the Children. When a large-scale disaster hits the DEC reaches out to the British public to ask to give what money they can. So last weekend when the early fears that typhoon Haiyan would cause catastrophic devastation became true, the DEC put its wheels in motion to see how it could get help to people in need.
The DEC’s aid agencies are already working in the Philippines and are not unfamiliar with helping people prepare for and cope with tropical storms. On average the islands which make up the country suffer from twenty typhoons a year - but typhoon Haiyan was so huge that stocks charities put by to help people in an emergency, like soap and blankets, have already been used up. Money is urgently needed to supply people with these basics.
People have lost everything. Thousands of mothers, sisters, brothers and fathers have been killed or reported missing. In the city of Tacloban, nearly one hundred per cent of homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed. People are desperate for food and water, as rice and other staples have been washed away and water pipes damaged by falling buildings. People are struggling for survival.
People are desperate for food and water, as rice and other staples have been washed away and water pipes damaged by falling buildings. People are struggling for survival.
Tata Abella-Bolo, a female aidworker for Oxfam, a member of the DEC, came across three sisters aged ten, eight and five each carrying a jerrycan of sea water through the streets of the destroyed town of Daanabaytan. The sisters were going ten times a day to fetch water for their mother to help with cleaning and cooking. When Glenn asked the three sisters what they were drinking, they replied that they had no other choice but to drink the water without even boiling the salt off as they didn’t have enough fuel.
While the three sisters and countless others struggle and will continue to for months to come, help is starting to reach those who need it. Right now members of the DEC have staff on the ground pinpointing people’s needs, starting to provide emergency shelter and distribute food.
The UK public has already shown an overwhelming level of support to help people like the three sisters. Even before the appeals by Myleene Klass and Kirsty Young aired on national television last night, the public had already given £1.5 million via the website. Now just 24 hours after the DEC opened its gateways, the public has given £13 million to the more than 11 million people affected.
DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said: "The initial public response has been overwhelming – people have given so generously in such a short space of time. They have obviously been moved by the heart-breaking stories coming out of the Philippines of those struggling to survive."
"Much of the money donated will be needed to pay for work by emergency teams on the ground who are providing essentials such as food, water and temporary shelter. It’s clear that people are getting desperate. It’s vital that we continue to respond to their needs, and that the UK public continues to give."
Many challenges lie ahead. Basic logistical hurdles remain, including clearing rubble and debris from roads and towns so the basics like food and water can be delivered and emergency shelter can be provided. As times passes, children will need to return to school and people will need to find jobs. The world needs to stand by the Philippines right now and for months and years to come.
To make a donation to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal visit their website; call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900; donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000.
You can stay up to date with developments in the Philippines, the emergency response and the DEC's fundraising efforts on Twitter or on their Facebook page.
By Brendan Paddy
Thanks for this blog.
I paid by text
How do I share on facebook that I have donated to encourage others to do so?
My DD's school council have decided to give half of the money raised by CIN on Friday to the Phillappines Typhoon Appeal.
I put a BBC4 link on my FB to jog people's minds to donate. Was glad to see the DEC appeals. Such a dreadful time for the Philippines.
I'm Filipino. Had relatives whose house was badly damaged but they're OK. I'm grateful to everyone who is donating time and money to help those in need. Thank you.
Glad your relatives are ok BouncingJellyfish - it must have been really worrying for you.
Here is the link for the DEC for anyone who wants to post it on their facebook,
or if you would prefer to copy and paste it is http://www.dec.org.uk/
hope that helps.
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