PHILIPPINES — It has been a one painful month, and the official fatality count from super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda is nearing 6,000. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the fatality count increased from 5,796 to 5,924.
There are 1,779 still missing and 27,022 people have been injured from this disastrous event. Philippine authorities have been trying to validate these figures as it may still vary based on the reports from the local government units. I am hopeful that the fatality count would stop at this point.
Moreover, at least 1.1 million houses have been destroyed, with the total number still increasing as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) validate the actual figures. Filipinos are becoming more and more desperate for help.
Super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda’s wrath left more than 12 million Filipino people scarred for life with all the damages and devastation it had caused. Several families are suffering from hunger and homelessness. Many countries like the United States, have been reaching out to the Filipino community in response to their outcries. A total of about $32m have been donated through Operation Damayan according to Pentagon.
I was recently browsing on some social media sites, and I read some comments from other people, who are skeptical to lend a helping hand. I must admit, it is a bit appalling to know that some people show little or no sympathy at all. I do hope that they would soon realize the immense chaotic nature of Haiyan/Yolanda.
Below is a list of some relief organizations. You can donate funds to the victims of Haiyan/Yolanda by clicking on one of the organizations provided in this list. For a more detailed list, please visit Charity Navigator.