Relief efforts are underway in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan. The survivors, many desparate, dislocated, without food and water for 5 days, have received help from the United States with the last 2 days. The U.S. has mobilized an aircraft carrier and promises $20 million in aid. Great Britain has pledged $16 million; Japan $10 million, the Vatican $4 million, New Zealand $1.7 million and other countries have stepped up, too. China, the world’s most populated country and second largest economy, is sending an additional $1.64 million after being criticized for a stingy $100,000 in help, China’s news media reported.
The Philippine Red Cross is accepting donations at http://www.redcross.org.ph. The Philippine Red Cross address is Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, PO Box 280, Manila, Philippines 1018; Hotline 143, Truckline 527-0000. Local chapters of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Relief Services and Shelter Box also are accepting checks designated for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan victims. The quickest way to help is to donate money. The Red Cross number is 1-800-REDCROSS.
“Tampa Philippine organizations are working hard to do the fundraising for the victims,” said Dr. Kimi Springsteen, Hillsborough County’s Asian Liason.
The Philippine Red Cross fears 10,000 people or more are dead from Super Typhoon Haiyan. Photos and images continue to emerge of flattened villages, desparate victims waiting for food, supplies or to be evacuated by planes. As rescuers reach damaged, flooded areas, the death toll and number of injured are expected to rise. Haiyan has been described as the largest storm in the world to make landfall this year. It was a category 5 typhoon. Meteorologists say Haiyan’s winds and breadth exceeded Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Sandy in the United States. Haiyan wind gusts topped at 235 miles per hour with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour. Flooding, property damage and power outages also have been reported. The super typhoon became a tropical storm when it hit Vietnam. For more on Typhoon Haiyan and relief efforts, go to http://www.cnn.com., http://www.nbcnews.com., http://www.usatoday.com
Thousands evacuated the Philippines before Haiyan smashed ashore. Marilou Genmino and Marissa Maulsby, Filipino Americans in Tampa, Florida, remain hopeful their relatives survived Haiyan’s fury and are safe in the Philippines. Genmino has family in Cebu, in the direct path of Haiyan. Maulsby’s brother and his family live in Cainta, Rizal, which floods easily from heavy rain. The Philippine Cultural Center and Filipino community also raised money recently to help earthquake victims in the Philippines a few weeks ago. (Video report also at http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1058396.)