Quoted from an article posted on 16 Nov. 2013 by Dr. William Sabandar and Lilianne Fan both involved in the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (BRR) of Aceh-Nias 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. “It has been difficult to process the destruction of last Friday's Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which flattened villages across 36 provinces in the Philippines. The United Nations now estimates that 2.5 million people are in need of food aid and close to 600,000 have been displaced”.
A DNL director wrote, “We need to look at some numbers to realize the size of the problem. These are official statistics which will surely go up, specially the death toll”.
And the 16 Nov 2013 update from gov.ph website:
People in evacuation centers: 368,655
Houses affected: 188,225
Cities affected: 54
Barangays affected: 8,819
Provinces with Power outage: 14
Cost of damage P3.9B
Dr. William Sabandar and Lilianne Fan added, “The scale of the devastation is colossal,
and survivors traumatized from the disaster and the loss of their loved ones, homes and livelihoods are desperate for food, water, shelter and medical assistance. Aid workers struggling to reach survivors face severe access challenges due to damaged infrastructure, insecurity and the remoteness of many affected areas. Many survivors remain cut off from assistance. While the full scale of the destruction is not yet known, it is clear that we are facing a massive and complex humanitarian crisis that will require a massive relief and recovery operation”.
It is to this effect that D&L Group and Lao Foundation as of 15 November 2013 have provided the following:
Direct Donation: 34 personnel whose families and relatives were affected by the typhoon were provided with relief packages that they planned to bring or send to their relatives.
Through ABS-CBN Foundation- Sagip Kapamilya: One million five hundred eighty seven thousand, six hundred thirty pesos (Php 1,587,630.00) and in-kind goods (assorted food items; water; assorted medicines for cough, colds, diarrhea, and wounds; and hygiene materials such as bath soaps, detergent, sanitary napkin, shampoo, etc.)
Thank you to the following donors
Port Clearing personnel
Mae Ann Belandres
Marlyn Dela Cruz
Vanessa & Banson Cuatico
Ronel Delos Reyes
Jesus & Jane Ugale
Regine Beneth Fabian
Together each and everyone’s simple effort will make a difference.
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