The Philippines: Finnish Red Cross emergency appeal off to a quick start

Robert Keskinen
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The Finnish Red Cross collection to help victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is off to a quick start. Collection centers have been set up in various parts of Finland.

The Finnish Red Cross collection to help victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is off to a quick start. Collection centers have been set up in various parts of Finland.

Within the first few days the collection has generated some €180,000, donatedonline, by telephone and through other channels.

’Reports in the media have made the urgent need for aid almost tangible.Our job is to make it as easy as possible for people to help,’ says Anna Laurinsilta, the FRC’s chief fundraising officer.

Right now more than 300,000 people are in desperate need of aid in the Philippines, as they are staying in temporary evacuation centres.The Red Cross supplies them with food and water daily, provides first aid and psychological support,and is trying to find missing relatives.Two days ago, 25 lorries laden with aid supplies set off from the capital Manila to go to Tadoba.

The need for aid grows daily.The large supply depots of the International Red Cross in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will not last forever.Knowing this, the International Red Cross will be sending out an appeal for assistance either today or tomorrow.

Donate:
By phone:0600 122 20 (€20.28 + local network charge)
By text:Send SPR to 16499 (€15/text message)
Online:www.punainenristi.fi/lahjoita/filippiinien-taifuuni
Set up an online collection tin:www.lahjoituslipas.fi/punainenristi
By bank transfer:Nordea FI06 2219 1800 0680 00.Mark your payment: Philippines Typhoon

One of the worst typhoons

Super Typhoon Haiyan, that hit the Philippines on Friday 8th of November, has brought widespread flooding, landslides and destruction to the Philippines, destroying thousands of homes as it tracked across the Visayas region of central Philippines on its path through the country.

The storm, the worst typhoon to hit the country this year, made landfall early on Friday morning with wind speeds of 300 kilometres an hour. It tore through Samar and Leyte in the Eastern Visayas before sweeping through Cebu in the Central Visayas. There are reports of buildings collapsing in Leyte, including a hotel, and specialist teams from the Philippine Red Cross are assisting with search and rescue.

Strong winds and heavy rain have also battered the island of Bohol, which was devastated by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake three weeks ago. More than 270,000 people in the area are already living under tarpaulins and in makeshift shelters, and the extreme weather threatens to intensify the humanitarian emergency.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been working with the Philippine Red Cross as it prepared rapid response teams and supplies for those worst affected by the storm.

Read more about the situation in the Philippines