The Irish Red Cross is today appealing for donations to aid those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. A total of 19,677 families (993,585 people) have been temporarily sheltered in 353 evacuation centres. Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines early on Friday morning with wind speeds of 300 kilometres an hour causing widespread destruction.
The Red Cross has mobilised emergency responders and volunteers to support rescue efforts by authorities and are assisting with search and rescue.
The typhoon, the worst to hit the country this year, has brought widespread flooding, landslides and destruction to the Philippines, destroying thousands of homes. It is expected to worsen the humanitarian situation for survivors of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck in mid-October. With their homes damaged or destroyed, some 270,000 people in Bohol remain living in makeshift shelters or under tarpaulins.
As the extent of the storm damage continues to be assessed in the Philippines, the Irish Red Cross is appealing for donations on behalf of those affected.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Irish Red Cross ‘Typhoon Haiyan’ appeal can do so online at www.redcross.ie; by phone: 1850 50 70 70; or by cheque made out to ‘Irish Red Cross’ and marked ‘Typhoon Haiyan’ and sent to Irish Red Cross, 16 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
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