MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - World Vision staff is delivering
today desperately needed items such as drinking water, rice, sardines,
beans, cooking oil as well as blankets and hygiene kits to 900
households reaching 4,500 people in Tabugon, northern Cebu.
Each household will receive one food kit which represents a two-week
supply of food, and one hygiene kit.
Typhoon Haiyan is the largest to hit land affecting 11.5 million people,
and Tabugon is one of the most severely-affected locations in Cebu.
Preliminary assessments show in this municipality made up of 25
villages, almost 95 per cent of households have been affected.
With extensive damage to infrastructure and telecommunications, which
has been exacerbated by on-going bad weather, it has been challenging
for World Vision teams who are using boats, vehicles and travelling on
foot to get to severely affected regions.
It is anticipated that World Vision will continue to deliver aid to
additional sites in northern Cebu in the coming days, as long as
logistical challenges do not worsen.
"As we drive along the bumpy road in our convoy of trucks with relief
supplies, I see extreme sadness and desperation on the faces of the
children and parents. They're holding up cardboard signs scrawled with
marker that say "Need food" and "Help me" and I know very soon that we
will be able to give them much needed food and supplies," says Grant
Cassidy, senior communications advisor with World Vision.
"It's extremely hot and sunny right now, the temperature is about 40
degrees which makes it that much more of a necessity and priority to
get clean water to the children and families who have been without for
almost a week."
With 55 years of experience in the Philippines , World Vision's relief
response aims to help 400,000 people (80,000 families) with life-saving
essentials such as food, water, hygiene kits and emergency shelter, as
well as ensuring safety and protection for the most vulnerable,
especially women and children.
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communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
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SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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