Philippines Humanitarian Aid Urgently Needed

Posted on November 11, 2013


PEmergency Aid

Some 10,000 people are feared dead after a massive storm swept over the Philippines leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan’s 150 mph winds drove huge waves ashore, crashing into villages and towns, flattening buildings and ripping families apart. The storm is one of the strongest on record.

The storm has receded, but the emergency is far from over. Many families are searching for food, some even looking through garbage piles to find something to eat. Water supplies were contaminated and are now unsafe to drink. Hospitals are overwhelmed and medical supplies are running low.

Many families are still searching to see what remains of their livelihoods and if they can find their missing loved ones. The tragedy has hit so many across the provinces of the island nation.

According to a report in, “If the typhoon death toll is confirmed, it would be the deadliest natural catastrophe on record in the Philippines, topping both the 5,100 killed by Tropical Storm Thelma in November 1991 and the 5,791 killed after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake triggered a tsunami in the Moro Gulf in the southern Philippines in 1976.”

The Philippines Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told reporters: “There is no power, no water, nothing. People are desperate.”

Aid cannot wait. We need to help our brothers and sisters in the Philippines now.


Islamic Relief offices around the world are gathering resources and sending relief personnel to help with emergency efforts. The situation is being monitored closely, and relief leaders are creating strategies to help the most people in the most efficient ways.

We need to come together for the Philippines! The more IRUSA donors who can support these efforts, the more we can help. Please donate now.
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