In light of all the devastation in the Philippines there has been a strong variance in the death toll. In first reports it had be estimated in the 10,000+ however in the latest figure is above 2,500. There are many relief efforts jumping into action to send aide and coordinate relief efforts. The BBC Asia News noted that the UN estimated that “more than 11 million people are believed to have been affected and some 673,000 displaced.”
Survivors are still in need of food, water, shelter and medical aid. The destruction is extensive that it is extremely difficult to reach all of the people affected throughout the region.
While you think sending clothes and food would be the best course of action it can be even more difficult to get it to devastated areas. Most organizations that are rallying to fund and coordinate aide are urging that you send money instead because they can quickly translate it into goods and get it on the ground for real support quicker.
The New York Times, Asia Pacific, has an detailed account including a map of the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan “Yolanda”
Here is a list of organizations mobilizing to send relief and support aide to the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan.
UNICEF USA http://www.unicefusa.org/
World Food Programme https://www.wfp.org/
American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/Donation
The Salvation Army https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/TyphoonHaiyan
Mercy Corps https://www.mercycorps.org
Habitat for Humanity http://www.give2habitat.org/home
Doctors Without Boarders http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Child Fund http://www.childfund.org/emergency/