12 Nov | 2013
With the Philippines facing devastating destruction and immense human suffering in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the New Zealand Salvation Army has launched an appeal for funds to help with the emergency response.
‘The Philippines is part of our Asia-Pacific community and we want to do all we can to help in their time of need,’ says Commissioner Robert Donaldson, Territorial Commander of New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
Nearly 4000 people are estimated to have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda), the deadliest natural disaster on record for the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands have been left without homes, power or clean water.
The worst-affected area is around Tacloban, the capital of the island province of Leyte. The islands of Iloilo, Palawan and Mindoro were also badly affected.
The Salvation Army in the Philippines has ordered US$100,000 of food supplies to assist the people of Tacloban and is making arrangements with the Philippine Air Force to transport food, water and medical supplies.
The Salvation Army has a well-established presence in the disaster areas and a Salvation Army doctor is part of the initial response team. The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services office in London has also been mobilised. Salvation Army territories around the world are rallying to provide funds for the initial response and the long recovery ahead.
Chief Secretary Lieut-Colonel Bob Lee, speaking from The Salvation Army’s Headquarters in Manila, says, ‘The task for us is immense and our cash extremely limited. What the Government and non-governmental agencies are now struggling with is clearing roads so that relief goods can reach the survivors and medical attention given to the wounded and sick. There is also the likelihood of an outbreak of disease.’
‘The Philippines has an overwhelming need for aid from the global community,’ says Commissioner Donaldson. ‘The Salvation Army in the Philippines has considerable experience serving after the floods and typhoons that regularly strike the region. We ask people to give generously to The Salvation Army Philippines Typhoon Appeal.’
Financial support from New Zealand will allow The Salvation Army in the Philippines to purchase rice, tinned food, water and bed mats locally for distribution in the towns and cities most affected. The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations only.
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