Help Is On The Way To The Phillippines After Super Typhoon Haiyan Does Severe Damage

| December 25, 2013 | 0 Comments


By: Adriene Morton

With winds as high as 190 mph, Typhoon Haiyan stands as the most powerful Phillippine storm on record. The storm hit about two weeks ago on November 8th, wiping out millions of homes, buildings, and families. Haiyan ravaged the Phillippines, kneeling on a death toll of 5,209 people, Major Reynaldo Balido, spokesman for the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), told NBC News. More than 23,000 people were injured, in addition to the 1,611 people who were still missing across the devastated islands known as Yolanda in the Phillippines, he added.

When asked how the relief effort was going, he responded: “We have been doing better. We are starting to reach all the people in need, especially in Samar”, one of the worst affected islands. He states, “We have overcome the most difficult part. In the first week we can  say we were in the emergency room … this second week we are now in the ICU,  still critical but stabilized.”

Doing a substantial amount of damage, the powerful storm cleared out millions of dollars worth of crops and infrastructure, destroyed a number of high-priced homes, and affected more than 10 million people, according to an update posted Friday by the NDRRMC.

According to the disaster agency, the total cost of the damage comes in at a whopping $288 million, but help is on the way as the United Nations made an appeal of $301 million in relief aid, and have, thus far, seen $131 million raised.

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