In the past six months, the Philippines has experienced a number of natural disasters in various parts of the country. The global Red Cross network continues to provide relief to communities affected by typhoons, floods, and earthquakes that occurred in late 2013.
The American Red Cross has contributed nearly $241,700 toward relief efforts in response to Typhoon Utor, Tropical Storm Trami, and nine additional storms that hit Manila and surrounding provinces from August to December 2013. The storms affected five million people and damaged more than a million houses from August-December 2013. The funds will support the Philippine Red Cross in water and sanitation, shelter, and other recovery activities.
To date, the American Red Cross has contributed $145,000 to help people recovering from a 7.2 earthquake in the Central Visayas region in October 2013. The quake caused extensive damage to public health facilities and schools, triggered electric power failures, and interrupted water supply. The money provides essential relief supplies and shelter materials to families affected by the quake and funds emergency cash distribution to people, so they can buy what they need to rebuild.
When Typhoon Haiyan made landfall across the Visayas region in November, the global Red Cross network was one of the first organizations to provide hands-on assistance to communities in need. More than 16 million people were affected by the typhoon and more than a million homes were damaged or destroyed. Since then, the American Red Cross has spent or committed $28 million toward relief efforts and deployed 43 disaster specialists to distribute things like food, water, mosquito nets, and tools for repairing shelters. The funds have helped the global Red Cross network to launch its large-scale cash distribution program, which has put much-needed cash in the hands of more than 41,000 families affected by Typhoon Haiyan.