OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - The Red Cross is raising the alarm as the
need for humanitarian relief in the Philippines is growing more acute
following Typhoon Bopha. Ongoing assessments show that 5.4 million
people were affected by the disaster, which began December 4, a sharp
increase from the initial reports of 300,000 people in need.
"Rapid response to an emergency is vital," says Conrad Sauvé, secretary
general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. "As the scale of this
disaster continues to grow the Red Cross is mobilizing local and global
resources to meet the growing needs of affected communities."
Typhoon Bopha killed nearly 650 people and injured nearly 1,500 in the
Philippines, and 780 people are still missing. Initial reports indicate
that the storm damaged or destroyed nearly 71,000 homes, and more than
300,000 people are currently sheltering in and around 172 evacuation
centres. Flash flooding, landslides and road blockages continue to
hamper relief efforts, and have slowed the flow of information from
The Red Cross has provided hot meals to more than 15,000 people in
evacuation centres, safe drinking water to 14,500 people, and food and
non-food relief items such as water storage containers to 25,000
people. Additional relief items, including hygiene kits and other
non-food items, are being distributed, and relief distributions will
intensify as supplies reach the most affected areas.
The Canadian Red Cross has already responded by sending an emergency
shelter expert, and has additional emergency personnel and resources on
standby if needed.
Last week the Canadian International Development Agency announced a
$250,000 contribution to support the Red Cross response to this
"We are extremely grateful to the Government of Canada and Canadian
donors for their generous support of Red Cross relief efforts in the
Philippines," adds Sauvé. "But needs remain great and more help is
Canadians wishing to support Red Cross relief efforts in the Philippines
can donate to the Philippines Typhoon Fund of the Canadian Red Cross at www.redcross.ca, by phone at 1-800-418-1111, or at their local Red Cross office. Funds
will be used to support programming in communities where help is most
needed across the country.
SOURCE: CANADIAN RED CROSS
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