How To Help Those Affected By Super Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines

One of the hardest things about living away from your homeland is not being physically there to help when tragedy strikes. While my immediate family was unharmed by the what is now being called one of the strongest storms in history, my countrymen are reeling.  And from afar, the best I can do is to pray and make a donation.

Typhoon Haiyan | Philippines
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News of the strongest typhoon, even worse than Katrina, had come our way and we were worried. Natural disasters are a part of every day life in the Philippines, but nothing could prepare the world for the massive loss of life and destruction that occurred when Typhoon Haiyan hit Central Philippines on Friday.As many as 10,000 people may have died when waves and winds of nearly 150 mph made landfall. Hardest hit was Tacloban City, capital of Leyte Province in the Visayas Islands.

The numbers are staggering:

Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda):

  • was 500 miles wider than Katrina at its peak
  • reached 195 mph sustained winds
  • had 235 mph wind gusts

The Aftermath:

  • 615,000 people displaced
  • 9.5 million affected
  • 10,000+ dead

Here are some ways you can help. Make a donation: