The Salford Diocesan office of international charity CAFOD this week launched an urgent appeal for support for communities in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The aid agency is asking its supporters across the diocese to help them meet the urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.
Many are deeply concerned about the tragedy which comes on the back of a recent huge earthquake and parishes are keen to respond. To get fundraising resources for schools and parishes please visit the CAFOD website (scroll down the page):
Typhoon Haiyan swept across the country on Friday with winds of up to 235kph, leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. Unofficial estimates put the death toll at 10,000 in one province alone. The storm is one of the strongest ever to make landfall and has flattened thousands of houses, destroyed schools and an airport in the eastern city of Tacloba.
CAFOD is working through its local partners in the Philippines trying to reach those most affected. The conditions are challenging with power still down in many areas and the full extent of the damage is not yet known.
Ged Edwards CAFOD Diocesan Manager for Salford said:
“What we know from our experience of dealing with these sudden disasters in Haiti, Pakistan and Mozambique in recent years is that the best way people can help is supporting the local agencies who are there in place on the ground ready to get relief to those in need.
“Our local partners are already operating in the worst hit areas, responding to the most immediate needs, as well as continuing to provide food and shelter to people who lost their homes in the earthquake on the island of Bohol last month. The typhoon has added to the destruction, and made it more difficult to deliver aid – but we’re doing everything we can to reach people in isolated areas.
CAFOD’s partners across the region are ensuring that emergency supplies are in place. We have pledged an initial £50,000 to respond, and we are ready to add more financial help and practical support in the coming days.
“People in Manchester always respond generously to such tragic events and we’re grateful for any support they can give.”
Greg Auberry, the regional director of one of CAFOD’s partners in the Philippines, Catholic Relief Services, said:
“The pain of another disaster is devastating. We’re currently moving tarpaulins to Cebu City so that we can provide 8,000 families with inevitable shelter needs. Our response teams are travelling to the areas hardest hit to determine exactly what people need and how we can help them.”
Over the next few days, the typhoon is likely to cause more devastation in the Mekong River basin as it hits the coast of Vietnam. It may also add to existing flooding in Cambodia, where more than 140,000 are already homeless.
CAFOD is inviting people to support the appeal on our home page: www.cafod.org.uk