Update: Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Desperate for Help

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed nine regions of the Philippines affecting 11.3 million people. Local officials are saying 10,000 people have died and 600,000 people are displaced.

Haiyan, the largest typhoon to hit land in recorded history, leveled homes and buildings, leaving thousands of Filipinos without shelter, access to water, food or electricity.

Food for the Hungry (FH) and partners from Integral Alliance, are on the ground in the Philippines in the hardest hit areas, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

Report From Field

One of FH’s field contacts, Pastora Merlyn Medala, reported from Northern Samar:

“Any help is appreciated. Many roofs in our neighborhood, including our roof, were blown off by strong winds. Thank, God, there were no casualties. But in Cataman and Tacloban, I received text messages from other churches about their loss…family members died and missing. We need food, medicine and roofs. We’ve had no power for three days.”

With destruction looking similar to the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, roads are blocked making it difficult for supply trucks to get through. Many Filipinos have been without food for days and are showing signs of desperation for assistance.

Bring Them Help

Without our help, these people are facing devastating conditions without hope. The largest needs for survivors are food, medicine and shelter. You can help bring these needed items and other supplies to them by partnering with FH today.

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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