Typhoon Haiyan: How the United Nations is responding and how you can help

Following the devastating destruction by Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) that hit the Philippines on November 8, the United Nations, the Government of the Philippines, and other humanitarian organizations are mounting a massive coordinated humanitarian response to provide families with immediate lifesaving aid.

How you can help

Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) made landfall in the Philippines six times on 8 November, with wind speeds of 235 km/h, gusts of 275 km/h. Heavy rainfall at 10 to 30 mm/h and storm surges up to six metres were recorded. An estimated 11.3 million people in nine regions are affected. Initial reports indicate at least 10,000 people are dead with an unknown number of missing or injured people.

The Philippines Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Action Plan is the United Nations and partners’ plan requiring over US$ 301 million to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected. The Plan aims to provide targeted support to the affected people in the hardest hit regions, in support of the Government’s response to address urgent humanitarian needs over the next six months (November 2013 – May 2014). The plan gives contacts for each appealing organisation.

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) released on 11 November, $25 million towards the response to Typhoon Haiyan. Detailed information about the allocations can be found here: www.unocha.org/cerf/cerf-worldwide/where-we-work/phl-2013.

Information about how Member States, private organizations and individuals can contribute towards the CERF, so that it can continue to support immediate needs, can be found here: www.unocha.org/cerf/our-donors/how-donate

The World Food Programme was already providing emergency food assistance in the Philippines following the October earthquake. With these emergency food stocks stretched thin, they’re now mobilizing additional supplies and are flying in 40 tons of fortified biscuits in the coming days. Additional food supplies are needed.

You can help these efforts by donating online or by calling 1-202-747-0722 domestically or +39-06-65131 for international calls.

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