DETROIT, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Philippines, just 4 weeks ago was hit by a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2, depleting most emergency reserves the country had. Now the Category 5 Typhoon has swept away villages, ravaging coastlines, many cities including Tacloban, Samar, and according to the UN, Baco, with a population of 35,000 was 80% under water. 10,000 people reportedly have lost their lives and more than 600,000 have been displaced affecting more than 9.5 million people. Because there is very limited communication outside of the main cities, it is hard to tell still how many people have actually died, been injured and affected in total.
There is no food, no clean water, villages are flooded and tangled power lines have fallen on to roads along with debris making it very difficult for aid to reach beyond airports. There are already reports of looting and robberies from relief convoys that have been trying to make it to the victims.
There is an immense need for food, clean water, medical assistance, shelter and long term rehabilitation as this Typhoon has wiped out infrastructures to the ground.
Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) has been at the forefront of providing relief in Philippines in past years from the Tsunami of 2004 to the recent earthquake that devastated the country just last month. HHRD has launched the "Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund" to assist after this record breaking Typhoon. HHRD Staff members and volunteers in Thailand and Pakistan are on their way into the devastated areas to provide the necessary emergency relief & recuperation services. HHRD is aiming to provide the most necessary assistance of clean water, food, clothes, utensils, hygiene items and shelter.
Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) is a 4-star Charity Navigator charity and a member of Inter-Action. It is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization. Tax ID# 31-1628040.
HHRD has offices in Middle East, Africa, North America and South East Asia.
HHRD has successful relief programs in Haiti, Kenya, Somalia, India, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Pakistan, Kashmir, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, and Indonesia; as well as seasonal programs, disaster relief, poverty alleviation, orphan support and medical care in over 55 countries. For further information visit www.hhrd.org or call 1-888-808-4357. You can make a difference by making a donation today.
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