Philippines

URGENT Help Needed for Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

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Typhoon Haiyan roared over the Philippines with pounding rain and top sustained winds approaching 200 mph as it neared the coast. “It is the strongest tropical cyclone on record that’s made landfall, writes Jeff Masters at Wunderground. That death toll is expected to rise. According to the AP, “close to 720,000 people had been evacuated from towns and villages in the typhoon’s path across the central Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.” FOOD FOR LIFE RESPONDS Food for Life Philippines is responding to the emergency with hot vegan meals. A team of volunteers is gathering resources and equipment to expand their efforts immediately. A spokesperson for the team, Balarama Das, contacted Food for Life Global for assistance. “We are sending money to help with the initial stages of the relief effort,” explains director, Paul Turner. “However, the response to this national disaster is going to be a long-term one, so more funds are urgently needed to keep our volunteers supplied and supported,” he said. Our local FFL coordinator just sent us this brief report… “Here’s an update about the situation in Tacloban city and nearby places: there is no water supply and no food supply there; people are getting frustrated and will do anything to get food like stealing and looting. There are more than 1600 dead bodies recorded now and there are thousands missing. The local authorities are planning to have a mass burial tomorrow. However, some bodies have already been buried just along the roads. “Many of the nearby towns are impossible to reach, because of the devastation. There are no banks open and other establishments are closed all over the place. If possible, please try to send as much money as possible now before we enter the main disaster zone so that we can continue our […]