MONTREAL, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Philippines was struck by the
worst disaster in its history on Friday, when super Typhoon Haiyan
(known locally as Yolanda) ripped through the country.
It is estimated that over 9.5 million people are in need of aid across
nine provinces, and that 600,000 people have been forced from their
homes. The extent of the devastation wrought by this unprecedented
storm continues to be revealed.
DEVELOPMENT AND Peace has a long history of working in the Philippines and has already
committed $100,000 to support relief efforts.
"This is a major humanitarian crisis and we foresee that the country
will be recovering for a long time. We want to be there every step of
the way in solidarity with those affected," said Michael Casey,
Executive Director of Development and Peace.
Caritas Nassa, one of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE's main partners in the country, is already coordinating the
distribution of food and shelter for victims of this catastrophe.
"It's the first time the Philippines has experienced a disaster of this
magnitude. The casualties are increasing day by day. There are dead
bodies everywhere. People are traumatised. The most urgent needs are
for food and water," said Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE also has programs in Tacloban City in Leyte Province, one of the most
affected areas, and has been in contact with its partners there to
assess the needs and develop a response.
Donations made to DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE for relief efforts are eligible for the matching fund program announced
by the Canadian government. Donations will be matched until December 9th, 2013.
Donations can be made by telephone (1 888 664-3387
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DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
1425 René-Lévesque Blvd. West. 3rd Floor
Montreal QC H3G 1T7
SOURCE: DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
For further information:
Kelly Di Domenico
Tel.: 514 257-8710 ext. 365
Cell.: 514 226-9620