This past Friday, one of the most powerful storms recorded in history slammed into the Philippines, impacting 9.5 million people across the country, displacing at least 600,000, and potentially killing upwards of 10,000, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The storm, which ravaged the coastal regions of Leyte and Samar, is reported to have leveled 80 percent of the structures it came into contact with.
Many of Southland’s 330,000 Filipinos, one of the largest such communities outside of the country itself, have already mobilized to provide aid: members of the Filipino Christian Church of Los Angeles and other local Filipino-American churches as well as members of the Philippine Disaster Relief Organization are raising funds for friends, family members, and the innumerable others affected by Haiyan. The current typhoon relief efforts come on the heels of raising support for a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the country last month. If you’re looking to lend a hand, here are some ways you can help:
- Long Beach’s National Alliance for Filipino Concern (NAFCON) announced that it will be hosting a variety of fundraising efforts this week. There will also be a vigil this Friday evening where donations are welcome.
- The American Red Cross and Google have both launched location services in an effort to help find victims of the storm. The American Red Cross is also accepting donations online or via text. Text the word RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10.
- CARE teams in the Philippines are on hand to provide emergency relief to families. Donations can be made online or by calling 1-800-521-CARE within the U.S. or +1-404-681-2552.
- Thousands of Filipinos are in dire need of clean water and food. The U.N. World Food Program is asking for donations to provide edible supplies. Donate online or by texting the word AID to 27722 to give $10.
- The International Rescue Committee’s emergency response team has been deployed to assist with water, hygiene, and sanitation needs. Donations can be made online or by calling +1 855 9RESCUE.