On Friday 8th November Typhoon Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines, moving across its central islands before exiting into the South China Sea. It is thought to have been the strongest typhoon ever to hit land.
According to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) around 9.8 million people living in the path of the storm have had their lives torn apart and an estimated 12,000 people have died.
On the DEC website it is stated that “the humanitarian impact is thought to be massive, with the homes of hundreds of thousands of people destroyed or severely damaged. The destruction will also have a huge impact on families’ livelihoods and businesses. Power and communication lines are down in many parts of the country and roads are impassable, with many airports out of action. The main aid priorities are food, water and emergency shelter.”
If you wish to donate to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal you can do so here: www.dec.org.uk/appeals/philippines-typhoon-appeal