Typhoon Haiyan: How you can help


Aid agencies are rushing to the Philippines to provide relief in the aftermath of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Here's how you can help.

Typhoon Haiyan has left thousands dead and a trail of destruction in the Philippines. Charity groups and aid agencies are now calling for donations to help provide immediate aid to those affected by the disaster. 

Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner said that assessment of the damage and destruction and an initial aid response has begun.

"Thousands of people are likely to be left without shelter, food and water. Red Cross staff and volunteers are reporting significant damage," he said. 

"A disaster of this magnitude will require an international response."

Donate now:

The Red Cross is at the centre of relief efforts and is seeking donations for its frontline work.

Oxfam has set up a typhoon appeal to collect donations for its emergency response. Head to the Oxfam website or call 1800 034 034.

Worldvision is collecting donations for its emergency and preparedness campaign for both the Philippines and Vietnam - it had been working in the Philippines before the disaster and will continue to.  Call them on 13 32 40 or head to the website.

UNICEF has launched an appeal to help the chidren of the region, as well as assisting the government to reach families in need.  Donate online or call 1300 884 233.

Australia for UNHCR has launched an appeal to help deliver emergency shelter and assistance to the thousands of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. You can donate online or by calling 1300 361 288.

Donations to Care Australia will support urgent emergency supplies. Call 1800 020 046 to donate, or go to their website. 

Médecins Sans Frontières has already sent teams of medical personnel into the Philippines, with more to arrive in the coming days. The organisation is also providing medical supply kits, vaccinations and other relief items.

ADRA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, is ensuring those affected by the typhoon can survive and rebuild. To donate call 1800 242 372 or go to their website.

ChildFund, which has worked in the Philippines for nearly 60 years, is working closely with its local partners and the government to respond. Emergency response teams have readied supplies, including emergency kits and tents, and made arrangements with local suppliers to access food and other relief items. Visit their website to donate to their appeal or call 1800 023 600.

Caritas is providing emergency shelter supplies, water purification tablets, and sanitation and hygiene kits. You can donate to their Emergency Response Fund by visiting their website.

Christian Aid has dispatched three emergency response teams to the Philippines and will work to assist those left homeless and vulnerable. Head to the website to donate to the appeal.

Emergency Information:

Any Australians seeking information about the welfare of family and friends in the region should contact DFAT's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 or +612 6261 3305.


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