Irish charity appeal for Typhoon Haiyan
IRISH charities are appealing for donations after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded reportedly killed at least 10,000 people in the Philippines.
Plan Ireland said around four million people had been affected in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan, which caused widespread devastation.
It said the damage was “unimaginable” with roads impassable due to the number of dead bodies blocking routes.
Meanwhile the Irish Red Cross said almost a million people have been temporarily sheltered in 353 evacuation centres following Typhoon Haiyan.
And Irish development agency Trócaire has committed emergency support to its partners working in the Philippines.
It said 8,000 tarpaulins are currently being distributed to provide temporary shelter for survivors. Agencies working on the ground are also assessing water and sanitation needs to prevent the spread of water-bourne diseases, which will be one of the immediate threats to survivors.
Caritas Philippines, one of Trócaire’s partners is reporting widespread devastation in the affected areas.
Father Edwin Gariguez of Caritas Philippines said: “It’s a great catastrophe, our emergency planning is underway. It’s the strongest and biggest storm that has hit the country. It’s hit an area already devastated by an earthquake. It’s a really big calamity.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the Irish Red Cross can do so online at www.redcross.ie; by phone: 1850 50 70 70; or by cheque made out to ‘Irish Red Cross’ and marked ‘Typhoon Haiyan’ and sent to Irish Red Cross, 16 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Donations to Plan Ireland can be made at www.plan.ie or by calling 1800 829 829.