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.
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.