What You Need To Know About Typhoon Haiyan And How You Can Help
This past Friday, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most deadly storms to date, wrecked a huge part of the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan has made its way into Vietnam, where 600,000 people have been evacuated. Most recently, the typhoon reached China, however no major damage has been reported there. Approximately 10,000 people have been killed and hundreds more displaced or injured.
Guiuan was the first town hit by the storm. Destruction, however, is widespread. Bodies have already been buried en masse in Basey, a town that faces Tacloban City across the ocean. Basey and Marabut (approximately 500 miles south of Manila) have been demolished. These towns were entirely taken over by powerful, surging waves and vicious winds up to 235 mph. According to officials, a tropical rainstorm was forecast to arrive as early as tomorrow.
Since Typhoon Haiyan hit the airport, bridges, and most major roads, it has been extremely difficult to attain food, medicine and other aid for Tacloban’s citizens. To make matters worse, resources were already stretched thin after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol province last month. Desperate for food and supplies, people looted what was left of some stores, although many buildings had been washed away by a 10 foot storm surge.
Right now, thousands of bodies are left floating or washed up in Tacloban; the impossibility to bury so many people at once is causing health risks to those who are alive.
All in all, authorities said that least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Although 800,000 people had been evacuated, many of the evacuation centers could not protect themselves against the high winds and water.
Like most countries that are hit by unexpectedly strong and ruthless storms, the Philippines was not prepared and are relying on outside help.
These are some viable links to donation centers where you can easily help those in need: