Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful on record, destroyed thousands of homes as it tracked across central Philippines before going on to strike Vietnam. Winds of more than 300km/h, flash flooding and landslides have left families without shelter, food and water. Thousands of people are feared dead in the Philippines.
For thousands of people who were left homeless by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines last month, the typhoon has intensified the humanitarian emergency.
When the super typhoon hit over the weekend, around 270,000 people on the central island of Bohol were still living in makeshift shelters or under tarpaulins after their homes had been destroyed by the earthquake.
Red Cross staff and volunteers are on the ground in the disaster-affected communities, helping people evacuate and providing emergency first aid and relief supplies, such as food, water and shelter.
Red Cross volunteers and staff are reporting significant numbers of casualties and extensive damage, with those in Tacloban City describing the impact as tsunami-like.
An Australian Red Cross logistics specialist headed to the hardest hit regions immediately to help coordinate the relief effort, and more disaster management experts are on standby.
Assessment of the damage and destruction has begun, search and rescue teams are in the field, and emergency supplies are being distributed to those in the worst hit areas. A disaster of this magnitude will require an international response.
You can help
Funds raised through this appeal will be used to:
– provide emergency relief, rehabilitation and recovery assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan (including the Philippines and Vietnam)
– support water and sanitation, shelter and health initiatives in affected areas
– send specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessments, relief, recovery and longer term disaster management operations
– support Red Cross longer term programs and the work of our Red Cross Red Crescent partners in the affected areas.