November, 12 2013
Montreal, November 12th – On November 8th, the Visayas region of the central Philippines was hit by typhoon Haiyan locally known as Yolanda, the strongest typhoon ever, killing more than 10,000 people, displacing over 650,000 people and affecting 11.3 million people according to reported estimates.
CECI’s long term partner, CONCERN, is present on the ground in the affected areas and assessing the situation to provide assistance to the victims of this horrific tragedy.
The people are in immediate need of emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation.
In the short term, CECI will be providing support to the most affected and vulnerable populations in Leyte and Northern Cebu with the following:
1. Shelter material including debris cleaning
2. Hygiene and sanitary kits
3. Water purification kits
4. Livelihood recovery
5. Psycho social stress support
The President of the Philippines declared a national state of calamity. Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Palawan are the worst affected areas.
The typhoon triggered landslides that blocked roads and uprooted trees. The majority of houses have been wiped out, roads are impassable, power and communication lines are mostly out, and many people are in dire need of relief.
Weather officials said the typhoon sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall. This makes it the world’s strongest typhoon of all times.
CECI coordinates its efforts with other Canadian NGOs and Government officials through PAGER (Policy Action Group on Emergency Response) and in country through the UN cluster system of coordination, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the host government.
To help the families who have been affected by this disaster, please donate generously: http://bit.ly/CECIPhilippines2013
Until December 8, every donation collected will be doubled by the Canadian Government.
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France-Isabelle Langlois, Communication and Development Director
T: 514-875-9911 ext. 225
CECI is involved in projects in 18 countries worldwide, in the areas of humanitarian aid, development and volunteer cooperation. We recently carried out humanitarian aid projects in Haiti, Guatemala, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines as well as in the Sahel due to the food crisis in Niger, Mali and Senegal. After responding to the immediate emergency, we implement livelihoods recovery and reconstruction projects, and we maintain ongoing development activities that considerably strengthen and accelerate the ability of communities to return to their regular activities.
CONCERN (Center for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation, Inc.) is a non-profit, service-oriented non-government institution registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1988 and licensed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in The Philippines. CONCERN is a comprehensive disaster response management center that seeks to help build the capability of the most vulnerable sectors in society to reduce vulnerability factors and the risks they face through a people-based and development-oriented disaster response. In its entire 25 years of operations, CONCERN has rendered 1.5 million individuals through relief, disaster preparedness, rehabilitation and environment.