Typhoon Haiyan, a Category 5 storm known locally as Yolanda, hit the Philippines on Friday with winds from 195 to 235mph. In comparison, the LA Times has reported that Hurricane Katrina had winds up to 129 mph when it hit land in 2005.
Authorities in the Philippines report an official death toll of 1,774, but expect estimates up to 10,000. Electricity is down, roads are blocked with debris, and access to food and water is limited. Our hearts go out to the residents and anyone with family in the area.
Here’s how you can help:
- Philippine Red Cross and American Red Cross are assisting in search and rescue efforts and delivery of supplies.
- UNICEF Philippines is providing families with drinking water, hygiene supplies, food and shelter
- World Food Program USA is providing food supplies to those in need
- Catholic Relief Services is supporting families with emergency shelters, water and hygiene supplies, and community clean-up.
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