Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, struck the Philippines on the morning of November 8, 2013. The typhoon carried wind with gusts of up to 200mph (320km/h).
Eight days after the typhoon made landfall, more than 3,600 people have been confirmed dead with the number expected to rise each day.
According to UNICEF, assessments show an estimated 11.5 million people in need of support in
36 provinces. Some 544,600 people continue to be displaced, with about
70 per cent in 1,215 evacuation centres and the rest in host communities
or makeshift shelters such as schools.
Although a huge international aid effort is under way, widespread
infrastructure damage is hampering efforts to distribute it to some
areas. Health experts have warned that the worst-affected areas are entering a
peak danger period for the spread of infectious diseases.
The Isa Mundo Foundation will be launching the Tyhoon Haiyan Relief Campaign to send funds and much needed aid to the Philippines. We will look to partner with an international aid agency in the coming days and begin our fundraising effort.
We hope all our Isa Mundo members and friends will support the rebuilding of communities most affected by this natural disaster.
*** Photo courtesy of Red Cross ***