What we know now:
- At least 14.4 million people have been affected, including 3 million who have been forced to flee their homes, and an estimated 5,500 people have died.
- Almost half a million houses have been damaged by the storm; half of those have been completely destroyed.
- Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Yolanda) struck the Philippines at 4.30am local time on Friday 8 November forcing millions of people to seek shelter.
- The category-5 super typhoon is one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded with windspeed of up to 235km/h and wind gusts of up to 275km/h
Left: Typhoon Haiyan is pictured in this NOAA satellite handout image over the Philippines taken November 8, 2013 . Right: Survivors stay in their damaged house after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city. Photos: Reuters
UPDATE: CBM's reports from the field
"There were laughs, there were conversations, there was waving and smiling and people expressing their thankfulness."
CBM is on the ground continuing to visit typhoon-devastated areas, making sure people with disabilities have access to food and other survival items. We have distributed over 1000 aid packages to hundreds of families, including 274 families of people with disabilities.
By Thursday 28th November, we're aiming to reach 18,000 of the most vulnerable people with critical relief.
A man smiles as he receives his bag of relief goods. Photo: C.Ziegenhardt, CBM
"We met with people with disability and their families, social workers and mayors. No matter who they were, everyone had a story. For many, they talked about how afraid they were and how much they had lost."” – Chelsea Huggett, our Advocacy and Policy Officer reporting from the field. Read the rest of Chelsea's latest blog post here as she takes a few moments to give us an account of her first day in the field.
“They told me what they saw when they arrived in Concepcion: it was such a chaos and there were only few houses left. I am still thinking of our partners, I am still thinking about their families and I want to help them now!” – Valerie Scherrer, CBM Emergency Response Unit Director
Access is difficult; debris and fallen trees are blocking many roads.
Survivors stand among debris and ruins of houses destroyed after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. Photo: Reuters
CBM's response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
CBM has joined with other emergency responders in the Philippines to assess the damage and determine the needs of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
The typhoon triggered mudslides, flash flooding and a storm surge with waves up to 10 metres, causing millions of people to flee for safety.
CBM has 10 partner organisations that have been affected.
CBM is on the ground in the Philippines, working to help not only those with pre-exisiting disabilities, but also find and help those who have acquired a disability due to injuries sustained in the storm.
Florence, a 13 year old boy whose house was completely destroyed, with CBM employee Gilbert Ogeto. - Concepcion, Island of Planey. Photo: CBM
Your urgent help is needed..
Your urgent help is needed to make sure the most vulnerable people with disabilities have access to critical care and support.
CBM is working in this emergency as a life-line to people with disabilities: making sure people have access to food and clean water, shelter, and mobility aids such as wheelchairs and crutches.
For every person that dies during a disaster, it is estimated that three people sustain an injury, many causing long-term disabilities.
To help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, please donate now.
Children hold signs asking for help and food along the highway, after Typhoon Haiyan hit Tabogon town in Cebu Province, central Philippines. Photo: Reuters
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