* Updated November 14, 2013
The UN says 12 million people have been affected.
More than 670,000 have been displaced.
The official death toll is about 2300 and expected to rise.
Hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything and are waiting for urgent aid.
Help us to raise $100,000 to support the work of ACT Alliance partners in the Philippines.
The ACT Alliance is swinging into action to bring urgent aid to people in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
The global alliance of faith-based agencies has launched a $17 million appeal to support urgent life-saving work and longer-term recovery.
We need to raise urgent funds to help 236,000 of the worst affected by the typhoon, including subsistence farmers, small fishermen, poor urban dwellers and odd jobbers, who have very limited capacity, finances and resources of their own to recover from the disaster.
The work of Alliance members in the Philippines will include providing life-saving items such as food, sleeping materials, safe drinking water, blankets, plastic sheets for temporary cover due to the destruction of houses, tarpaulin, tents, medicines, mosquito nets, generators, hygiene kits and kitchen utensils.
It will also go towards distribution of construction material, capacity building on disaster risk reduction and cash-for-work through debris removal.
ACT Alliance partners are already responding. See a gallery of images here or click on the photo.
The super typhoon, locally known as Yolanda, swept over the Philippines’ Eastern Visayas Region in the early morning of 8 November, hitting an area still recovering from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck last month.
Media reports indicate that the storm hit with wind gusts of up to 380km/h, nearly 400mm of rainfall and waves of up to 14 metres in some areas, and that the Tacloban area is now without food, water and electricity.
“Rehabilitation after this devastating typhoon is going to be a long term project,” said ACT Alliance General Secretary John Nduna, “and with this appeal our aim is to help save lives and alleviate human suffering in a community that is barely recovering from the devastation of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last month.”
“We have been working with those who will receive assistance through this appeal to identify priority needs and specific forms of agriculture and livelihood assistance,” he continued. “Our focus is at the moment necessarily on life-saving activities and providing opportunities for early recovery and rehabilitation, but we also have to keep the longer-term rehabilitation and development aspect in mind.”
ACT Alliance members who will carry out the rehabilitation work on the ground are Christian Aid, Lutheran World Relief, Norwegian Church Aid, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Lutheran World Relief will lead the humanitarian assistance team to the Eastern Visayas city of Tacloban and surrounding areas of northern Leyte, with a representative from fellow ACT member Christian Aid.
The ACT Alliance immediately advanced $US50,000 to the National Christian Council Philippines while the ACT members are developing their preliminary response plans.
Lutheran World Relief has mobilised an initial emergency fund of $50,000 for typhoon response activities.
ACT Alliance member DanChurchAid has also pledged $20,000 to assist ACT members on the ground with humanitarian work.
Anglican Overseas Aid is a member of the global ACT Alliance. The ACT Alliance is a global coalition of more than 130 churches and affiliated organisations working in 140 countries on development and emergency response. Find out more about the ACT Alliance.
Anglican Overseas Aid is also a member of the Australian Council for International Development, the peak body of international aid and development organisations in Australia, and we are a full signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. Find out more about ACFID and the Code of Conduct.
Anglican Overseas Aid is also fully accredited with the Australian Government.