Giving Relief to Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Philippine city of Tacloban

Before and after Typhoon Haiyan from USA TODAY

A perfect storm, used to describe “a particularly violent storm arising from a rare combination of adverse meteorological factors.” Typhoon Haiyan (aka Typhoon Yolanda) formed on November 3rd and intensified while approaching the Philippines, with the eye of the cyclone making landfall on November 8th and dissipating by November 11th. Within the past week, Typhoon Haiyan has become one of the deadliest and most devastating Philippine typhoons on record. Although aid has arrived, it’s still a race against time for more than 2 million people in the Philippines.

The aftermath is an unimaginable grim scene with casualty numbers still rising. Families who’ve lost loved ones are unable to find them or bury them properly. Neighborhoods that once was filled with homes and shops have now flattened. Crowds fill the hospitals and airports for whatever supplies are left but the hardest hit areas have no infrastructure to work with: communication, water, shelter, and electricity are gone. International aid and response has been swift in the forms of aircraft carriers and airbases but the major concern is the debris blocking the way to aid communities of roughly 45,000-275,000 (nearly the population of any given London borough or NYC neighborhood).

The Philippines need all the help they can get. The British Red Cross has created a Fabrily campaign where all t-shirt profits will be donated to the Red Cross’ Typhoon Haiyan appeal: “Stay Strong Philippines” sends a compassionate message of support, please share with anyone who is interested in donating to relief for victims.


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