Valdosta Daily Times

November 11, 2013

Philippine devastation

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — The United States has been left largely unscathed by major storms this year.  Not since Sandy left a path of destruction in the northeast has a tropical storm or hurricane struck our shorelines. But elsewhere, halfway across the world, devastation of almost unbelievable proportions has crippled the Philippines.

The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan is uncertain, although early estimates are 10,000 and higher, but with no means of communication from the areas hardest hit, it will be some time before the storm’s true scope is understood. In the meantime, thousands of people who were lucky enough to survive the storm are now facing an aftermath of hunger, thirst and deprivation.

You can’t live near the coast without being aware of the devastation a storm can bring, or the hardship that can follow.

The U.S. has already pledged aid to the Philippines, but more is needed. For anyone interested in helping, there are numerous agencies sending food, water, clothing and medicine to the hardest hit areas of the country.

If you are interested in helping, you can contact the Philippine Red Cross directly via their Facebook page, or through your area Red Cross chapter, the World Food Program is accepting donations online, as is Doctors Without Borders, along with UNICEF and Catholic Relief Services.