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Haiyan Emergency Response Mobilized Amid Massive Devastation

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As hundreds of thousands in the Philippines suffer amid stunning devastation, we are working nonstop to help survivors of super Typhoon Haiyan – possibly the worst storm ever recorded. A relief team is on the ground, and aid shipments are underway along with funding for urgent needs. More aid is in the works.

“Having a team on the ground assessing the needs is the quickest way to speed relief to survivors,” said Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares Vice-President of Emergency Response.

The new emergency shipment contains enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. In addition, we are providing $10,000 in funding that will allow our partner to purchase and distribute relief supplies in the hardest-hit areas. Even before the typhoon struck, AmeriCares had pre-positioned emergency medicines and supplies ready to help families displaced by the storm. In our Amsterdam warehouse, we are preparing a delivery of antibiotics and other medicines to be air shipped. At our U.S. headquarters, we are building a new shipment of urgently needed medicines and supplies.

The monstrous typhoon, known locally as Yolanda dealt a massive blow to the disaster-prone island nation on November 8, with torrential rains, storm surges and wind gusts of more than 200 mph. As many as 10,000 people are feared dead in city of Tacloban alone, after powerful tsunami-like storm surges left parts of the islands of Leyte and Samar in ruins.

While it may take weeks for the full extent of damages to be assessed, our in-country partners report widespread devastation, power outages and landslides. The relief team will work with partners to coordinate aid deliveries and assess survivors’ needs in the wake of the storm.

Haiyan, downgraded but still dangerous, has made landfall in Vietnam. We are in contact with partners in Vietnam, and stand ready to help in any way we can.

Since 1985, AmeriCares has delivered more than $229 million in humanitarian aid to the Philippines, including relief supplies for survivors of October’s Bohol earthquake. Other recent emergency responses include Typhoon Bopha in 2012, Typhoon Washi in 2011, back-to-back typhoons in 2009 and Typhoon Frank in 2008.