Philippines Typhoon - concern for colleagues, family and friends
12 November 2013
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, struck the Philippines at the weekend.
We are maintaining contact with our colleagues at Alliance Linking Organisation, PHANSUP, to ascertain what support we can provide.
According to the latest estimates, 9.8 million people from 36 provinces have been affected and over 10,000 people are feared dead and 600,000 displaced since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on Friday 8 November.
The coming days and weeks are critical. Hundreds of thousands of people have no shelter, food or water and families are already being forced to drink contaminated water from open wells. The threat of disease and malnutrition is high.
Ted Nierras, the Alliance’s regional manager for Asia who is from the Philippines himself, said: “We are in contact with our Linking Organisation PHANSUP to convey our concern and extend our wishes and to see what we can and should do to be of help. Clearly the typhoon is devastating and we expect that services for people living with HIV will be disrupted.”
Humanitarian organisations are already responding to the crisis. Donate to the UK’s Disaster’s Emergency Appeal here.