Typhoon Haiyan: aid distributed, more needed

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Leyte, Philippines

Thousands of families have received emergency food aid through the first stage of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

With vast areas of devastation along the trail of the typhoon, estimates indicate that over a million people are yet to be reached.

Fritz Neuberg from ADRA Germany noted after the food distribution in the north of Cebu Island, “An elderly man came to me. ‘Thank you very much,’ he said in broken English, ‘Thank you!’ Four times he came to me. Repeatedly he expressed his appreciation for ADRA’s work. ‘Thank you!’”

Government estimates of the number of people affected by the November 8 super-storm have been revised up to 13.2 million with over 4.4 million people displaced. Two weeks after the typhoon hit, critical needs continue to be food, safe drinking water, basic shelter and sanitation.

ADRA is in close consultation with the United Nations and other aid agencies to ensure survivors are reached quickly with life-saving supplies. With vast areas of devastation along the trail of the typhoon, estimates indicate that over a million people are yet to be reached. 

Thousands of families have received emergency food aid through the first stage of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) response.

“Portable water purification systems have been deployed and the distribution of water has commenced in Capiz Province,” said Beryl Hartmann, Humanitarian coordinator for ADRA Australia. “One unit will provide 15,000 litres of purified water per day for surrounding communities and the district hospital.”

The next phase of ADRA’s response will see the distribution of larger food packs, shelter kits and hygiene kits to prevent the spread of disease.

Adventist churches across Australia are invited to participate in a special offering this weekend to ensure food, water, hygiene and shelter packs can be rapidly delivered to survivors. Tax-deductible donations can be given online at <egiving.org.au> or <www.adra.org.au>, or by calling 1800 242 372.