Typhoon Haiyan waded ashore in the Philippine Islands, taking lives and destroying property with ruthless efficiency.
The devastation to the central part of the country overwhelmed the nation’s resources. For an estimated 45,000 Filipinos who call the Austin area home, this isn’t another foreign natural disaster story. They feel firsthand the misery the typhoon inflicted on families more than 8,000 miles away. The death toll in the Philippines could reach over 10,000, according to official estimates. Thousands have been displaced, and there are critical shortages of food, water and medical supplies.
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How to help
Red Cross: The American Red Cross said it has deployed a team to assist with assessments and activated its family tracing services. It asked that checks be mailed to local Red Cross chapters, with “Philippines Typhoons and Flood” in the memo line.
AmeriCares: To donate, go to http://americares.org.
U.N. World food program: The U.N. World Food Program said it has allocated $2 million for the response.
UNICEF: Donations can be made at unicef.org/support.
World Vision: One-time donations may be made at worldvision.org.
Mercy Corps: To contribute, go to www.mercycorps.org/typhoon.
Doctors Without Borders: To donate, go to www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate.
Lutheran World Relief: To donate, go to http://lwr.org/donate.