Aid groups respond to Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines

Nov 11, 2013, 16:35 ET from InterAction

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working internationally, are responding to the devastation caused in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. A list of reputable and experienced organizations responding to the crisis so far is available at

The need for life-saving emergency assistance is significant, with the United Nations reporting nearly 9.8 million people affected by the storm, more than 659,000 displaced, and possibly as many as 10,000 people killed in one city alone. About 2.5 million people are in need of food, according to UN estimates.

"Access remains a major challenge in the hardest-hit areas – some communities have been without electricity and communications lines for four straight days," said Samuel A. Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction. "InterAction member organizations are coordinating with authorities in the Philippines, as well as with others in the humanitarian community, to ramp up critical operations and reach people who are desperate for emergency shelter, food, clean water and medical care. "

InterAction members responding so far include: Action Against Hunger, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, American Red Cross, American Refugee Committee, AmeriCares, Brother's Brother Foundation, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, ChildFund, Church World Service, Concern Worldwide, Direct Relief International, GlobalGiving, Habitat for Humanity, Handicap International, Heifer International, HelpAge USA, Humane Society International, International Medical Corps, International Orthodox Christian Charities, International Relief and Development, International Relief Teams, International Rescue Committee, Islamic Relief, Lutheran World Relief, Mercy Corps, Operation USA, Oxfam America, Plan Philippines, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Save the Children, ShelterBox, UNICEF, World Concern, World Renew, World Vision and Zakat Foundation of America.

"The extent of this storm's impact is still unfolding, but it is clear that relief efforts are critically needed now and will be needed moving forward as communities work to recover and rebuild homes, sanitation systems, schools and local economies in a country that has been hit by one disaster after another," added Worthington.

More information can be found on our Typhoon Haiyan Crisis List. Learn more about InterAction member standards and guides for donating during a disaster.

InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental international organizations, with more than 180 members. Our members operate in every developing country, working with local communities to overcome poverty and suffering by helping to improve their quality of life. Visit

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