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The American Red Cross has activated its Restoring Family Links International Disaster Inquiries for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. If people are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, please remember that many phones lines are down and communication is very challenging right now.
The American Red Cross can assist you in tracing your loved ones. Please contact the Los Angeles Region Red Cross at (626) 407-4536 orIntlTracing.LosAngeles.CA@redcross.org<mailto:IntlTracing.LosAngeles.CA@redcross.org>. Be sure to provide us with your contact information. We’ll respond to your call or email message within 24 hours to initiate a tracing case.
The Relief Efforts To-Date
Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines on Friday leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. With sustained winds reported at over 145 miles per hour, and significantly stronger gusts, Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year.
The typhoon affected 4.3 million people across 36 provinces. Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll, while the full extent of the devastation continues to unfold. Currently, 1,200 evacuation centers are housing more than 330,000 people left homeless by the storm.
The global Red Cross network is responding to the emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies. However, blocked roads, destroyed infrastructure and downed communication lines are limiting the relief effort.
The Philippine Red Cross has begun distributions of relief supplies, and volunteers are packing more supplies to send to all the affected areas. Delivery of supplies in Tacloban, the worst affected city, has been significantly constrained by the damage there.
Specialized emergency response teams from Red Cross societies across the globe are moving into the Philippines to assist the Philippine Red Cross. These include teams that specialize in logistics, disaster assessment, shelter, health, water and sanitation.
Four people from the American Red Cross have arrived in the country. These include two people who specialize in telecommunications and who are travelling with satellite equipment, and two others who specialize in disaster assessment.
The Philippine Red Cross is leading the response effort, and their volunteers have been caring for people even before Typhoon Haiyan made landfall. The organization has extensive experience in search and rescue and large-scale relief and recovery programs.
The American Red Cross has activated its family tracing services. If people are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, they should remember that many phones lines are down. If people are still unable to reach loved ones, they should contact their local chapter to initiate a family tracing case.
People who want to donate<https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod4650031> to the American Red Cross to support the response for this typhoon can go to redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
In responses to Typhoon Haiyan disaster in Philippines:
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has already launched its disaster relief effort for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. A first shipment of 30,000 blankets and 60,000 instant rice meals departed for the disaster region on November 12. On November 13, volunteer disaster assessment and medical teams traveled from Manila to the disaster region to begin the first stage of disaster assessment and relief for survivors. The medical team, comprised of 10 doctors and nurses from Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA), will help provide immediate medical services to those who need them. Following initial assessment, volunteers will provide care and relief according to the specific needs of disaster survivors.
For more information, please view from the following Tzu Chi website:
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