Typhoon Haiyan struck heavily the Philippines on Friday 8th: some 10,000 people could have been killed according to the first accounts on the ground, where affected populations are awaiting humanitarian aid. Access to the centre of the island impacted by the winds and the flooding is still difficult whereas needs for potable water, food, shelters and medical care are dire. Humanitarian aid is starting to arrive on location.
ACTED teams, present in the Philippines since December 2012 and the previous response to Typhoon Bopha, are responding to the crisis: a REACH team, dedicated to coordination assessments and information in crisis contexts, is already deployed in the Philippines, working with relief operators in country. The first representatives of ACTED emergency task force, on their way from Europe and ACTED’s neighbouring operational countries, including our Bangkok office, have arrived in Tacloban to identify priority needs.
Considering the needs, ACTED has deployed teams on location to ensure affected populations' access to drinking water, to food as well as to a shelter in the immediate emergency, while preparing for the following phases with recovery activities and supporting livelihoods in affected areas.
ACTED is launching an appeal for donations to respond to the Haiyan emergency and support the victims today. Thank you for your support alongside our teams, for the emergency today and in the aftermath of the crisis.
Together with you will we be able to respond best to the affected populations’ needs while preparing crucial post-emergency interventions.
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