HOW TO HELP THE PHILIPPINES
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The confirmed death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan has taken a major jump. The U.N. says the Philippines’ disaster agency now puts it at 4,460 confirmed dead.
President Obama calls the typhoon a “heartbreaking reminder” of the fragile nature of life. He says the USS George Washington aircraft carrier is assisting recovery efforts and “more help is on the way.”
The U.N. says some 920,000 people were displaced by the storm and a total of 11.8 million people have been affected by it.
There are numerous charities working to deliver aid to the Philippines. Here are a few:
UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAM
The United Nations World Food Program said it has allocated $2 million for the disaster response and officials joined an assessment mission to survey damage in Leyte and Samar provinces.
WFP said it will send more than 40 tons of high energy biscuits and work with the Filipino government to help with logistics and emergency communications systems. It asks for donations at www.wfpusa.org.
UNICEF said its staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to help in relief efforts and 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. Donations can be made to UNICEF at unicef.org/support.
The American Red Cross said it has deployed two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines and activated its family tracing services. It asked those who want to support relief efforts to mail a check to their local Red Cross chapter, with “Philippines Typhoons and Flood” in the memo line.
World Vision said it is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. It asked for one-time donations to be made at worldvision.org.
AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has begun collecting donations for relief efforts. To contribute, go to www.jdc.org.
Mercy Corps said it has launched emergency response efforts to provide food, water, shelter and basic supplies to typhoon survivors. To contribute, go to www.mercycorps.org/typhoon.
AmeriCares is preparing to deploy an emergency response team to the Philippines. To donate go to http://americares.org.
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
Doctors Without Borders said it has 15 members in Cebu city and will send an additional 50 people in the next few days. It said it also is sending 329 tons of medical and relief supplies on three cargo planes. To donate, go to www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
Lutheran World Relief said it has deployed its local staff to stricken areas and is appealing for $2.5 million to aid its recovery effort. To donate, go to http://lwr.org/donate/