Thursday 23 November 2017

How you can help people in Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Appeals for donations to help millions in need

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 estimates around four million people have been affected by the super-typhoon, 'Haiyan'.

Meanwhile, the Irish Red Cross has said that almost one million people have been temporarily sheltered in 353 evacuation centres after the typhoon.

And Irish development agency Trócaire has committed emergency support to its partners working in the Philippines.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Irish Red Cross can do so online at www.redcross.ie or by phone, at 1850 50 70 70.

Meanwhile, the aid agency GOAL has dispatched an emergency response team to the Philippine island of Leyte. The public can support GOAL's appeal by telephoning GOAL on 01 280 9779 or visiting www.goal.ie;

Donations to the children's charity, Plan Ireland, can be made online at www.plan.ie or by calling 1800 829 829.

For more information on donating to Trocaire, visit the website at www.trocaire.org/donate.

Meanwhile, Medecins Sans Frontieres are appealing for donations as they are sending both cargo and medical aid to the country.

The agency already have 20 aid people on the ground in the Philippines and will have 80 more there by the end of the week.

They are currently sending in 9 plane-loads of cargo and have an inflatable hospital on standby.

To donate, you can FreeFone 1800 905 509 or visit www.msf.ie/appeal.

Irish Independent

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