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IsraAID to Send Team to the Philippines

Following Friday's powerful Typhoon Haiyan, the team will assist both local NGOs and UN agencies in treating hundreds of thousands affected in the area

By: Graham Sigurdson
Published: November 11th, 2013 in News » World
The effects of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

This week, IsraAID will send a team to the Philippines to assist local NGOs and UN agencies in treating the hundreds of thousands of people affect by last Friday's powerful typhoon.

The team, which is supported by the American Jewish Committee and Jewish communities of North America, will consist of medical, trauma and relief professionals, working primarily out of Tacloban City in Leyte. The response comes after last week’s powerful typhoon left approximately 1,200 dead. The typhoon, which is one of the most powerful on record, tore through the country levelling homes and buildings.

“Part of their mission will also be to set up camp and offer medical aid to the affected community,” said IsraAID Founding Director, Shachar Zahavi on the team's efforts. “They will build a stronger infrastructure that would enable us to send a larger team towards the end of the week.”

According to Times of Israel, many reports continue to come in regarding Typhoon Haiyan. Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda stated that the casualty figures would “probably increase,” noting the widespread devastation. Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, who is the senior aide to President Benigno Aquino III, said that the figures could not be immediately determined, adding that Government troops were helping recover bodies.

Weather officials reported that Haiyan had maintained winds of 235 kilometers per hour, reaching gusts of 275 kilometers after it made landfall. By U.S. measurements, Haiyan would be comparable to a high-end category 4 hurricane, nearing category 5. Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are, in effect, the same thing, with different names depending on the region.

The country’s national disaster agency said that nearly 800,000 people were forced to flee their homes, with almost 4 million people being affected across the country. With roads blocked by landslides and various bits of debris, relief workers said that they were struggling to find ways to deliver supplies. The winds of the typhoon had weekend to 163 kph by Saturday as it headed towards Vietnam.

In Vietnam, authorities in four central provinces evacuated more tan 500,000 people from high risk areas to safer locations, including government buildings, schools, and strong concrete homes. Speaking from Danang City, disaster official Nguyen Thi Yen Linh said that “The evacuation is being conducted with urgency,” with 76,000 being moved in Danang alone. Hundreds of thousands were moved to shelters in Quang Ngai, Quang Nam, and Thua Thien Hue provinces, with two deputy Prime Ministers directing operations in the region.

Related articles: IsraAID, Philippines, United Nations, Charity, NGO, Jewish News, Typhoon Haiyan, Natural Disaster
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