Nine Million in Need of Aid in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan
Seventy-two hours after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, Action Against Hunger teams continue to deliver and scale up emergency humanitarian aid to affected populations. Our teams in Tacloban, Bohol and Masbate have identified the most vulnerable areas. It is estimated that some nine million people are currently in need of lifesaving assistance.
Emergency supplies on the way
While our teams are already on the ground racing to meet emergency water and sanitation needs, more help is on the way: today, a plane carrying nearly 21 tons of emergency supplies took off from Madrid and will land in the Philippines within days. The plane’s cargo includes safe drinking water and water purification kits, supplies for latrine construction, power generators, and emergency relief kits to provide displaced families with soap, blankets, and other much-needed essentials. Five other aircraft are scheduled to bring even more of our emergency supplies to the Philippines this week.
The supplies will arrive just in time, because the need for relief after this disaster is immense. Millions of typhoon survivors can’t access food or safe drinking water, while others are still fighting for their lives amongst debris. Vincent Taillandier, Director of Operations for Action Against Hunger’s French headquarters, explains how we are increasing our support for teams that continue to deliver aid to the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan:
“This is a public health emergency. We must provide vital aid as soon as possible, most importantly to prevent the spread of diseases. We are improving access to safe drinking water, distributing survival kits for each affected family, and providing emergency food rations."
– Vincent Taillandier, Director of Operations, Action Against Hunger - France
Though we are working tirelessly to provide efficient and effective relief, the scope of this humanitarian emergency is massive. And with reports of another storm expected to make landfall in the Philippines later this week, our emergency response teams and the communities they serve will need your ongoing support. We thank you for your generosity during this tragedy, and hope you will continue to help us restore the lives devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.