As part of its initial response to Typhoon Haiyan, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is delivering emergency food and water to more than 3500 families in the hardest hit regions of the Philippines.
Food, water and shelter are the biggest needs at the moment. The death toll will continue to rise if the essentials are not delivered quickly and to those who need it most.
The typhoon has affected more than 11 million people and displaced close to 600,000. The revised death toll stands at 4400, but as unreached areas are entered, this is likely to increase.
“Food, water and shelter are the biggest needs at the moment,” said Beryl Hartmann, Humanitarian coordinator for ADRA Australia. “The death toll will continue to rise if the essentials are not delivered quickly and to those who need it most.”
ADRA staff and volunteers are now distributing food packs containing enough to feed a family for three days in Northern Cebu and Iloilo, both of which have seen less aid than higher profile regions including Tacloban city.
“Working in collaboration with the United Nations, the Philippines government and other responding agencies we identified a gap in the response,” said Ms Hartmann. “We have moved quickly to ensure those missing out receive life-saving aid quickly.”
“Both high capacity and portable water purification systems are also being deployed to ensure families survive through this initial phase,” she said. “Our teams are currently working on plans to provide emergency shelter and improve hygiene facilities in the coming days.”
Additional ADRA staff have flown into the Philippines from across the globe during the week to support the local offices response.
ADRA is appealing for public support to ensure its response in the Philippines can continue. Tax-deductible donations can be given online at <www.adra.org.au> or by calling 1800 242 372.