Habitat for Humanity launches appeal to help Filipino families affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Residents walking on a road littered with debris after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) battered Tacloban city in central Philippines. Photo: REUTERS/Erik De Castro, courtesy Trust.org.

BANGKOK (November 11, 2013) — Habitat for Humanity has launched an appeal to assist thousands of families affected by Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines). The storm struck the country last Wednesday and caused massive damage.

According to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in its latest report, over 9.6 million Filipinos have been affected in 41 provinces. Of these, more than 430,000 are currently housed in evacuation centers. The government agency also confirmed the death of 255 individuals.

Habitat for Humanity is appealing for funds to assist families and help them rebuild their lives and gain access to decent shelter. Habitat staff are on the ground assessing the situation and coordinating with the government agencies and other partners on the disaster response operations. In the initial phase, Habitat’s country office in the Philippines has targeted to distribute 30,000 shelter kits for home repairs and 50,000 clean-up kits to families affected by the disaster.

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