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Lutheran World Relief Commits $50,000 to Respond to Philippines Super Typhoon
Team to travel to most affected areas for needs assessment
Baltimore, November 9, 2013 – Early yesterday morning, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Widely reported to be one of the strongest storms in recorded history, Haiyan hit land with maximum sustained wind speeds of nearly 150 miles per hour and gusts of up to 170 miles per hour, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Damage estimates are not yet available, but the storm is projected to affect 12.9 million people. Lutheran World Relief (LWR), a U.S.-based humanitarian agency, has made an initial commitment of $50,000 to assist those most affected.
Lutheran World Relief staff in the Philippines plan to travel Monday to some of the most-affected areas, Tacloban and northern Leyte, to assess damages, identify needs, and begin planning a response. LWR’s team will travel with staff from the British agency Christian Aid, a fellow member of Action by Churches Together (ACT), a global alliance of faith-based organizations responding to humanitarian needs.
The teams will meet with representatives of the United Nations, government agencies, local partners, churches and community groups in Tacloban to coordinate a response. LWR’s response will likely include a cash-for-work program similar to the program it implemented following 2012’s Typhoon Bopha. That response assisted more than 6,000 households through short-term work assignments clearing storm debris from schools, parks, roads and other public spaces.
LWR’s response may also include the distribution of emergency shelter kits, provision of drinking water, and distribution of LWR Quilts, School Kits, Baby Care Kits and Personal Care Kits. Following last year’s Typhoon Bopha, LWR provided more than $1 million worth of these donated items to an estimated 16,000 households.
LWR is accepting donations for this emergency. Please give online, call 800.597.5972, or mail a check to Lutheran World Relief, P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061. Indicate “Philippines Typhoon” on your check. To learn more about donating Quilts and Kits, please visit our website.