Field Update: Seeking Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Displaced families in the Philippines stand in line for help.

As the first responders in many communities, Food for the Hungry (FH) field staff in the Philippines are finding communities completely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

In Samar, one of the hardest hit parts of the Philippines, FH staff found one community of 53,000 people “100 percent damaged in terms of agriculture and infrastructure.”

Mary Rose Oximas, FH/Philippines Program Director, reported, “Schools were washed out, including complete destruction of health centers. The whole municipality (community) is totally destroyed, especially those houses and residences facing the ocean.”

The mayor requested assistance with food, non-food items, water and medicine.

In this particular community, 3,644 families were displaced with 182 people reported dead, 42 missing and 103 injured.

This is just a fraction of Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction on November 8, affecting 11.3 million people, with 10,000 reported dead. It’s estimated that 600,000 Filipinos are displaced and in need of food, water and shelter.

Entire communities in Samar have been "100 percent damaged."

First to Help

FH staff continue to seek out survivors throughout hard hit areas, often being the first on site to offer help.

In Samar, FH found a cluster of 24 small villages all “100 percent damaged” with a high incidence of illness due to lack of drinkable water.

It was reported in these communities that 15,946 people are displaced with 2,058 dead and 420 sick.

“The municipality is totally destroyed. Not one house is left standing,” reported Mary Rose. “Further, the town hall, the health center office and school were totally washed out.”

How You Can Help

With no electricity, no public transportation and roads destroyed, typhoon survivors are extremely vulnerable from lack of means to seek or to communicate their need for assistance.

But you can help them by partnering with FH as we seek them out to provide food, shelter and medicine. Please give today to bring needed items to suffering children and families.



About Renee Targos

Renee is a former journalist and editor for national arts and business publications. As a writer for Food for the Hungry, Renee explores and reports on the work and relationships of partners, FH staff and impoverished communities.

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