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PRRM Call for help for Yolanda Survivors

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14 November 2013, Thursday

On November 8, 2013, one of the Philippines’, if not the world’s, most powerful and strongest typhoons to make landfall slammed into the country’s shores causing unimaginable devastation in provinces in the central Visayas region leaving millions homeless, without food, water and electricity, cut off from means of communication, and in deep grief and ruin.

The Super Typhoon

The Super TyphoonPAGASA’s morning bulletin (November 8th, 2013) recorded ‘Yolanda’ (international name: Haiyan) with maximum sustained winds of 235 kph and gustiness of up to 275 kph when it made landfall. Figures from the US-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Yolanda’s average strength of 195 mph (314 kph) at landfall beat the previous record set in 1969 by Hurricane Camille, which carried 190 mph (306 kph) winds when it landed in Mississippi in the US. By these measurements, ‘Yolanda’ would be comparable to a Category 5 storm.

Photo source: http://weather.com.ph/announcements/super-typhoon-haiyanyolanda-update-number-010

The Landfall(s)

The Landfall“Yolanda” made a total of six landfalls as it crossed the country. The image below shows the super typhoon’s path. At 4:40am of 08 November 2013, Typhoon “Yolanda” made its first landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Samar; its second landfall over Tolosa, Leyte, at 7:00am; and its third landfall over Daanbantayan, Cebu, at about 9:40am. At 10:40am, Typhoon “Yolanda” made its fourth landfall over Bantayan Island, Cebu, and by 12:00nn made its fifth landfall over Concepcion, Iloilo. At 8:00pm, it made its sixth landfall over Busuanga, Palawan.

Photo source: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/TYHaiyan%20tracks%20%20Mun%20Landfall%2008Nov2013.pdf

The Aftermath: In figures and photos

The Philippines’ National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reported the following:

  • 1.3 million families or approximately 6.9 million persons affected by the typhoon in 7,488 barangays (villages) in 39 provinces of nine (9) regions. Some of the affected families were displaced and served both inside and outside evacuation centers.
  • High tolls of deaths and injured and missing persons – 1,774 deaths, 2,487 injured and 82 still missing, as of 10:00am of 12 November. However, information from local officials pegged much higher counts. There were reported 300 dead and 2,000 persons missing in Samar; 133 fatalities in Iloilo; and thousands dead in Tacloban City in Leyte.
  • Other relatively more affected provinces are Bohol and Negros Occidental in the Central Visayas Region

President Aquino declared a national state of calamity. Executive agencies earlier responded through evacuation of affected families, donation management, search and rescue operations and damage assessment, among others. Non-government institutions and private organizations in business and media have mobilized survival items and volunteers for relief operations. In sympathy, a number of countries and international agencies have committed support to the relief and rehabilitation efforts. Captured in the following images is the indescribable amount of destruction caused by typhoon Yolanda in some badly affected areas.

Guiuan, Eastern Samar

Guiuan, Eastern SamarAn aerial photo taken on November 12 shows the ruins left by Super Typhoon Yolanda after it battered Guiuan, Eastern Samar on November 8. Yolanda made its first landfall in Guiuan before hammering Leyte, northern Cebu and much of the Visayas. Reuters/Erik De Castro

Photo source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/photo/48258/guiuan-eastern-samar-post-yolanda

Untitled-6Residents gather around a warehouse in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, Monday, November 11, 2013 after Yolanda devastated the town.

Photo source: http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/11/3110653/apphotos-philippines-faces-typhoon.html

Structures in Guiuan, Eastern SamarStructures in Guiuan, Eastern Samar were either damaged or flattened by super typhoon Yolanda as seen in this aerial photo taken from
a PAF helicopter on November 10, 2013. AFP Central.

Photo source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/photo/48228/yolandaflattens-guiuan-samar

Hernani, Eastern Samar

Hernani, Eastern SamarA man carries his son as he walks on a street of ruins on November 11, 2013 following Friday’s devastating typhoon that lashed Hernani township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines.

Photo source: http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/11/3110653/ap-photos-philippines-faces-typhoon.html

Basey, Eastern Samar

Basey, Eastern Samar 1 Basey, Eastern Samar 2

Photos by Mercy Caboboy

Tacloban, Leyte

Tacloban, Leyte 1

Massive destruction.
Once a progressive city of 200,000, Tacloban City is reduced to mostly ruins following the devastation brought by super typhoon Yolanda. (Linus Guardian Escandor II)

Photo source: http://www.mb.com.ph/10000-dead-in-tacloban/

Tacloban, Leyte 2

People walk aimlessly as the city remains littered with debris from damaged homes.
Shortage of food, water, and medicines have been major concerns since the super typhoon slammed into central Philippine provinces leaving a wide swath of death and destruction. AP/Buliit Marquez

Photo source: http://www.philstar.com/nation/2013/11/11/1255515/over-9.6-million-people-affected-yolanda-ndrrmc

Tacloban, Leyte 3

Some 477, 735 individuals have been displaced by super typhoon Yolanda and are staying in temporary shelters such as this. Yolanda is looking to be one of the most devastating typhoons in Philippine history.

Photo source: http://www.oxfamblogs.org/philippines/oxfamteams-on-their-way-to-super-typhoon-yolanda-hitparts-of-the-philippines.htm

Batad, Iloilo

Batad, Iloilo

Photo source: http://anc.yahoo.com/photos/devastation-in-the-wake-of-supertyphoon-yolanda-slideshow/bayan-patrollers-on-effects-of-yolanda-photo-1384078122784.html

Estacio, Iloilo

Estacio, Iloilo

Photo source: http://anc.yahoo.com/photos/devastation-in-the-wake-of-supertyphoon-yolanda-slideshow/bayan-patrollers-on-effects-of-yolanda-photo-1384078122784.html

The Call

Never in the recent memory of the Filipino people has such massive devastation been experienced by people from all walks of life, from the dense urban centers to the dispersed rural areas. Local governments, especially those in the poorer and poorest provinces such as Eastern Samar and Leyte, have been rendered helpless but not so hopeless. It is perhaps why the whole country has come together to focus material, financial, spiritual help in the Visayas. But while this will once again prove our resiliency, brotherhood and sisterhood, we know that this will not be enough in the long haul. We need to help bring the affected communities back up from the rubble. But definitely, we should all work
together to bring them, and ourselves as well, to a lesser level of vulnerability and to a higher level of resiliency.

The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), through its headquarters in Manila and area offices in the Negros Occidental and Iloilo provinces, are monitoring the situation and assessing the types of immediate and medium-term assistance that can be provided. In addition to the two provinces, PRRM also intends to contribute to relief and rehabilitation efforts in the provinces of Bohol, Leyte, Eastern Samar, Aklan, and Capiz. Field assessment will be conducted in these areas within the next week.

At present, PRRM is collecting donations in cash and in kind from individuals, groups or organizations. These donations will be allocated especially to communities in most need but who are less reached by ongoing public and private assistance.

In the immediate, we will collect donations of the following items:

Bottled water Clothes for children and adults Medicines and medical supplies
(paracetamol, mefenamic acid, loperamide,
micropore, thermometer, bandage, band aid,
cotton balls, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia,
ethanol or isopropanol alcohol)
Rice New underwear
Noodles Towels
Easy-to-open packed food Blankets
Canned goods Bath and laundry soap
Sleeping mats Sanitary napkins
Tents New toothbrushes Slippers
Mosquito nets Toothpaste Rain boots
Construction materials Cooking Materials

Drop-off points for in-kind donations will be in the following places:

  • PRRM Building
    56 Mother Ignacia corner Dr. Lazcano St., Brgy. Paligsahan, Quezon City
  • PRRM Negros Occidental
    48 corner 21st Aguinaldo St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

For cash donations, you may deposit the funds in the following accounts:

For donation in Philippine Peso
Bank Name: BDO
Savings Account Name: PRRM-General Fund
Account No.: 003930011012
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Routing No.: 021-0000-89
Address: 1488 Quezon Avenue, Scout Triangle, Quezon City 1103

For donation in foreign currencies
Bank Name: BDO
Dollar Account Name: Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement
Account No.: 103930062156
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Routing No.: 021-0000-89
Address: 1488 Quezon Avenue, Scout Triangle, Quezon City 1103

For proper accounting and to facilitate the issuance of official receipts, kindly fax the deposit slip to (+63-2) 3724995 and indicate therein your name and contact details. We may be reached at telephone number (+63-2) 3724989 or(+63) 9999927397.

The task ahead is daunting and overwhelming, and the call for help is too loud to be ignored.

We, therefore, appeal in behalf of those affected as they would need all the assistance they can get to recover from the ruins left by typhoon Yolanda, and to start anew with brighter hopes.

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