13 November, 2013 13 November, 2013

Philippines Devastated by Haiyan – Worldwide Appeal for Help

On Friday we reported how Cape Town local Thomas Catlin and his business partner Gary had arrived in the Philippines for a surf trip at the worst possible time – just as super typhoon Haiyan was about to make landfall.

Even before the storm reached land, experts were predicting widespread damage and were calling Haiyan the ‘worst storm to ever make landfall in modern times’.

Thomas and Gary luckily escaped the true wrath of the storm, but they did get to experience some of its force.

Sadly, Haiyan went on to devastate other parts of the Philippines in a massive way. Wind speeds reached over 370km/h and whole towns were levelled in some areas, where even the strongest buildings were left with 100% structural damage.

The death toll is expected to be close to 2,500 by the time all municipalities have reported back, but as many as 11 million people are reported by the United Nations to be in need of assistance following the devastation.

Various aid organisations are already doing their best in rescue and relief operations, but are appealing for donations in order to further help the millions who have been left homeless and without basic living needs, like fresh water and food.

The people of the Philippines need the world’s help, and you can assist by donating to one of the petitions below.

Waves for Water – an organisation who are missioning to get fresh water to those in need.

Shelterbox – Who send aid relief boxes that include tents and other survival equipment.

The Surf Institute – Who’ve teamed up with Waves for Water to deliver fresh water to those in need.

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