ABOUT THE EMERGENCY
Flattened on November 8th 2013 by Typhoon Haiyan, residents within the Leyte province in the Philippines have to manoeuvre around jagged pieces of debris, uprooted trees and sadly piles of dead bodies in search of any food, water and supplies.
10,000 people are thought to be dead so far in the Leyte province alone, with the toll expected to rise.
With people already dying from starvation and dehydration, survivors have begun raiding stores, houses, and shopping centres to get their hands on whatever supplies they can find.
How Islamic Relief is helping
Islamic Relief is accelerating response activities in the affected areas and enhancing ground capacity by deploying additional staff to support the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in the field. On Thursday the 21st of November 2013 Islamic Relief’s largest ever consignment of humanitarian relief was delivered to the Philippines consisting of 110 tonnes of tents and tarpaulins. Some 15,000 individuals, who have been severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan, are receiving emergency shelter assistance to help improve their current living conditions until they can return home.
Activities in progress
Islamic Relief currently has 3 response projects underway:
Emergency tents and tarpaulins
On Thursday the 21st of November 2013 Islamic Relief’s largest ever consignment of humanitarian relief was delivered to the Philippines consisting of 110 tonnes of tents and tarpaulins. Some 15,000 individuals living in the two affected cities of Bogo and Letye, who have been severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan, are receiving emergency shelter assistance to help improve their current living conditions until they can return home.
Emergency Food Pack Distribution
Islamic Relief is working on the ground delivering immediate and urgent food relief to at least 20,000 families in heavily affected northern Cebu and Bantayan Island. Each family will receive a food package containing:
- Canned vegetables
Temporary Shelter Kits
- Tarpaulin (3x10m) + rope (8m)
- Ground sheet (3x10m)
- Cooking implements
- Tools (hammer, nails, saw, etc)
- Plastic toolbox
Distributions are ongoing and have been underway throughout the week.
NOTE: ALL EXCESS FUNDS WILL BE ALLOCATED TO ISLAMIC RELIEF AUSTRALIA’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND
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