HANDS International is in contact with a number of local charities and community groups on the ground distributing food, clothing and tents for shelter.
Facts are hard to come by amidst the confusion, but early information suggests that the death toll might exceed 10,000. Around 4.5 million survivors are in need of immediate assistance, with some regions completely cut off from easy access.
There is an urgent need for emergency supplies of drinking water, food, tents and preventative sanitation due to the extensive damage to the local water networks and food sources. A state of emergency has been declared in 38 cities, 215 municipalities, 37 provinces and 9 regions.
Your support is urgently needed to help families affected by this devastating typhoon.