Irish charity Goal sends emergency response team to Philippines
Irish charity Goal has said it is sending an emergency response team to the Philippines.
The charity announced that a team will be dispatched to the devastated region of Tacloban on the Philipine island of Leyte, the area that has been hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
“We have decided to send our emergency response team to Tacloban with a view to assessing with local authorities and our local partners the most relevant and appropriate response on the ground,” said GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews.
“GOAL has almost 20 years’ experience in The Philippines, providing health services, shelter and water and sanitation and other aid through a network of partners, and we will use this knowledge and expertise to examine which needs need to be prioritised.”
Goal will initially focus on areas such as shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene items, and work to distribute them to some of the most affected people through identified partners on Leyte.
“Our information is that the Philippines government is coordinating the relief effort, but that the extent of the disaster has undermined contingency planning.
“There is an immediate need for food, water and shelter, while the public health system will require a huge aid effort in order to have enough capacity to provide basic services at this time,” added Mr Andrews.
More than 600,000 have been left homeless; 10,000 people are already feared dead, while up to 10 million people could be affected by the typhoon.
These figures are expected to rise as access and communications are re-established to more remote areas.
* GOAL has issued an emergency appeal and donations can made by telephoning GOAL on 01 280 9779; visiting www.goal.ie; or visiting GOAL’s Facebook page at GOALIreland.