Following a series of aid distributions in some of the regions most affected by Typhoon Haiyan today (Friday, November 15th), more than 15,000 people have been reached with vital aid supplies by GOAL.
GOAL has confirmed this afternoon, Monday, November 11th, that it is sending an emergency response team to the devastated region around Tacloban on the Philippine island of Leyte, the area that has been hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
“We have decided to send our emergency response team to Tacloban with a view to assessing with local authorities and our local partners the most relevant and appropriate response on the ground,” said GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews.
GOAL has dispatched an emergency response team to the Philippine island of Leyte, following the significant loss of life and massive destruction caused there by Typhoon Haiyan.
An emergency appeal has also been launched by the aid agency to help support some of the people worst-affected by the disaster. Apart from the 10,000 people already feared dead, an estimated 500,000 have been left homeless. These numbers are expected to rise over the coming days.
GOAL is dedicated to ensuring that the poorest of the poor and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life including, but not limited to, food, water, shelter, medical attention and primary education.
GOAL has responded to almost every major natural and man-made disaster in the past 32 years and is currently operational in +10 countries.
GOAL is responding to the destruction, caused by cyclone Aila, which has hit Bangladesh and the Sunderbans Islands in the West Bengal delta.
Close to 120 people have been reported dead while 700,000 houses have been either destroyed or severely damaged.
GOAL, who have worked in India for 32 years, has identified 4,500 families in the Sunderbans region and are providing these hapless people with fresh water, food and temporary shelter.
Irish Aid has provided €200,000 to GOAL, to assist with the relief effort.
Having just arrived in the area he stated that; "The devastation I've seen is unlike anything I could have imagined. There are people who have been literally left with nothing. Their homes and possesions were all swept away during the cyclone. They are in desperate need of assistance."
In response, GOAL will provide emergency aid to approximately 18,000 people in 3,000 households. GOAL will distribute emergency packs to displaced families containing jerry cans, cooking utensils, plastic sheeting and other essentials.
GOAL has allocated €80,000 US dollars in Emergency funds for support to communities in Gracias a Dios region of Honduras, in advance of a hurricane, scheduled to hit the country this evening.
Substantial quantities of food and non-food items have been put in place to help those likely to be effected by the hurricane.
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GOAL staff in Honduras are bringing emergency assistance to thousands of Hondurans affected by widespread flooding caused by Hurricane Michelle.
GOAL became involved in Honduras in the wake of hurricane Mitch which devastated huge areas of the country in October 1998. Following initial emergency relief work GOAL took on the construction of 600 houses and latrines in the Comayagua region.