On Friday, the Philippines was hit by one of the strongest storms on record. Super typhoon Haiyan devastated the nation of islands.
Amidst winds gusting up to 170 miles per hour and a 20-foot storm surge, an estimated 10,000 people were killed in the city of Tacloban on the hardest-hit island of Leyte. And the death toll continues to grow. Haiyan is believed to be the deadliest natural disaster on record to hit the Philippines.
The typhoon affected approximately 4 million people and left many areas with no access to clean water or electricity and very little food. Relief efforts are already underway to help victims by providing them with clean water, food, and medical supplies. The easiest way to help is to give an online donation. Here are a few ways to get involved:
AmeriCares: Donations to AmeriCares allow the organization to provide medicines, medical supplies and other humanitarian aid to victims.
American Red Cross: Donate to help people affected by the storm.
Catholic Relief Services: The CRS is using donations to help give emergency shelter, water and sanitation, household relief items, potable water, and toilets.
Doctors Without Borders: Donations will help support a medical team on the ground giving lifesaving medical aid to victims.
Global Medic: The Canadian organization is accepting donations to help provide clean water.
Habitat For Humanity: Donate to create shelter-repair kits that will be sent to victims of the storm who are working to rebuild their homes.
International Rescue Committee: Donations help their emergency response team provide water, hygiene and sanitation needs to the region.
The Philippine Red Cross: Their site suggests a number of different ways to donate money to support their relief efforts on the ground.
Salvation Army: Donations will help direct responders meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.
Save the Children: Monetary donations will help typhoon Haiyan victims as well as victims of future disasters.
ShelterBox: Giving money to this charitable organization helps provide survival kits that include a tent and other items.
World Food Programme: Your donation through the WFP’s online donation form will help provide emergency food assistance to families and children.
World Vision: Donating to World Vision will help provide vital relief such as clean water, food and shelter to those in need.
UNICEF: Donations through the UNICEF site will help give clean water and hygiene supplies to children affected by the typhoon.