12 November 2013
As donations pour in to help people stricken by Typhoon Haiyan, Red Cross teams on the ground are doing their utmost to get aid to those most in need.
The full impact of the typhoon still can’t be quantified, as responders struggle to reach the hardest hit areas. Red Cross staff and volunteers at the scene of the devastation are reporting catastrophic damage and a significant number of casualties.
On the ground there are also huge distribution challenges. Roads across the region have been rendered impassable, and many areas have still not been reached.
Aid on its way
The British Red Cross, in partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, is working to get aid to affected people – with shipments of essential items making their way from nearby countries and from the UK.
Relief being sent by the British Red Cross includes 2,000 hygiene kits and 10,000 tarpaulins from Dubai, to help improve shelter and sanitation. Logistical equipment – including forklifts, vehicles, bikes and tents – is being sent from Warmley, near Bristol, today.
On Sunday, the British Red Cross logistics team was deployed to the Philippines to establish a base in Cebu, from which relief and rebuilding work can be carried out. It is feared recovery will take months, even years.
Lives torn apart
More than £1 million has been raised in this appeal to date, which will go towards helping the millions of people whose lives have been torn apart. The immediate needs are emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation.
Mark Astarita, Director of Fundraising at the British Red Cross, said: "We are very moved and humbled by the remarkable response of the British public to the awful tragedy unfolding in the Philippines. Although £1 million is a staggering amount, the task ahead is mammoth.
“Our teams are working around the clock to bring assistance to the affected areas. Sadly the needs are enormous, so we urge you to please keep giving."
We don’t send volunteers overseas. The best way to support our work with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan is by donating money to our appeal.