A Call to Alms

Typhoon Washi Strikes the Philippines. Photo Courtesy: Bobby Lagsa, EPA / Landov/TheDailyBeast.com.

On 17 December 2011, Typhoon Sendong (International name: Washi) devastated the Mindanao region in the Southern Philippines. More than 1000 people have died and hundreds more are reported missing due to abnormal weather that brought about the accumulation of a month’s worth of rainfall overnight. Although the Philippines is prone to tropical storms throughout the year, this particular region in Mindanao rarely experiences typhoons of this strength, let alone the staggering amount of rain. As a result, over 300,000 people have been affected by severe landslides and flooding, including the residents of two major cities, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

The Philippines is currently in a state of national calamity. The residents of the worst-hit areas have lost their loved ones, homes and quite literally the clothes on their backs. Makeshift evacuation centers in Mindanao lack the necessary resources, including potable drinking water, food, medicine and clothing to in order to properly assist over 88,000 evacuees. Despite the help of aid agencies, the efforts are still not enough to manage a calamity of this scale.

We need your help. Please. Donate now and help save lives.

For your donations and more information, please visit the following organizations:

Philippine Red Cross

Het Nederlandse Rode Kruis

SendongRelief.org

The Humanitarian Coalition

If you know of other relief organizations accepting donations for the victims of Typhoon Sendong, please do not hesitate to contact the author at phillipqgangan@gmail.com in order to include the aid information on this post. āœŒ

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