CAFOD has launched an urgent appeal for support for communities in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
Typhoon Haiyan swept across the country on Friday with winds of up to 235kph, leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. Unofficial estimates put the death toll at 10,000 in the province of Tacloban alone. The so-called “super-typhoon” was one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, flattening thousands of homes and destroying schools.
CAFOD is working through its local partners in the Philippines trying to reach those most affected. The conditions are challenging with power still down in many areas and the full extent of the damage is not yet known.
Matthew Carter, Head of CAFOD’s Humanitarian Department, said:
“It’s clear that the typhoon has had a catastrophic impact. Our partners are on the ground in the worst hit areas, responding to the most immediate needs.
“We are also continuing to provide food and shelter to people who lost their homes in the earthquake on the island of Bohol last month. The typhoon has added to the destruction – but we’re doing everything we can to reach people in isolated areas.”
Greg Auberry, CAFOD partner said:
“The pain of another disaster is devastating. We’re currently moving tarpaulins to Cebu City so that we can provide 8,000 families with inevitable shelter needs. Our response teams are travelling to the areas hardest hit to determine exactly what people need and how we can help them.”
Many individuals from the catholic community in Southwark have already shown their support by donating to the Typhoon Haiyan appeal through the CAFOD website.
Thank you so much for the great compassion you have already shown and please continue to pray for all those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. You can download a special prayer here>