Philippines: Providing for Urgent Needs in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

Megan Brandsrud

RS6584_20131118-Haiyan-2476.jpgSuper Typhoon Haiyan was reported as one of the strongest storms in recorded history.

  • More than 13 million people impacted by the storm
  • 3.4 million people displaced
  • 1.1 million homes destroyed
  • 5,235 reported dead and 1,613 reported missing

Damage and impact figures continue to fluctuate as more reports are collected.

Working with our partners on the ground in the Philippines, Lutheran Disaster Response-International is providing for the most urgent needs.

An initial distribution of 1,457 shelter repair kits is being completed in northern Cebu in coordination with Habitat for Humanity-Philippines. Additional kits will be dispersed in this area, and possibly other areas, pending assessments.

Potable water has been a major concern in certain typhoon-affected areas. Working with Lutheran World Relief, 240 LifeStraw Community water filters will be distributed through ChildFund Philippines in four areas of Eastern Visayas and four areas of Western Visayas. LifeStraw is a high-volume water purifier with built-in storage to provide safe drinking water to a community. The filters will reach approximately 4,000 people, including 1,600 children. The use of these filters will help prevent the spread of waterborne diseases, such as typhoid and cholera.

In the coming weeks, cash-for-work debris removal programs will be implemented in the northern Cebu and western Leyte regions. These programs will provide participants money to buy food and repair their homes.

Continue to pray for healing and peace for those affected by this storm, and pray for strength and readiness for the volunteers and organizations that are assisting our brothers and sisters through their recovery.

Your designated "Pacific Typhoon Response" gifts allow us to continue to provide for the immediate and long-term needs of the people impacted by this disaster. Give today.