On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan hit The Philippines and is likely the most powerful storm to ever make landfall. Many homes have been destroyed and big parts of the country is flooded. We still don't know how much disaster this storm has caused, but we know it is very extensive. Yolanda/Haiyan first landed near the cities of Dulag and Tacloban, flooding coastal communities (such as Tanauan, Tolosa, Dulag, San Jose and many more) with a surge of water and delivering 195-mph winds with gusts reaching as high as 235 mph. That is higher than the winds of Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, combined. Tsunami like storm surges of about 5 meters high has been reported.
We live in Sweden and my husband is from San Roque, Tanauan, Leyte. Our neighbors there, like so many other people around the country, had to evacuate their homes in order to stay safe. All of them, who survived, are now most likely homeless.
Communication has been cut off and the power is out in this particular area. Seeing reports from many other nearby areas, that was a little bit further away from the center of the second landfall of Yolanda, we fear the worst.
Just now we got a report from a person who made it all the way in to Tanauan on a motor, despite blocked roads, that there are dead people in the plaza and water had reached at least as far up in the town as Licod, about 1500 meters up from the seashore.
On the news we have seen tin roofs flying like pieces of paper in the wind and we fear that the whole barangay of San Roque is flooded, as it is located right on the seaside. Most houses are probably totally demolished.
This is a very poor, overpopulated neighbourhood, where people often live day to day. The average family has at least three kids and no savings at all. Since we know most of them will really struggle to get back on their feet, we strongly feel that we need to help them out as much as possible! Especially the children lie warm in our hearts and we know how much it would mean to all of them to get even the slightest bit of help.
They are most likely given food from the local government shortly. It will not be enough. They also have to recover their homes, by their own, often non-existing, means. We fear that thousands are homeless and without anything at all. We want to help as many as possible to have a roof over their head again by no later than Christmas.
As a an example, a piece of tin roof is about 300 PHP, with 500 € we can buy 100 pieces for the families most in need.
For about 100€ we can build a light material house and give a whole family a home.
For as low as 200 PHP (not even 4€) a family of five will have food for a whole day.
Skip a pizza and you can feed two families for a whole day :)
Anything at all will help them out!
You taking the time to read this means alot and we believe that anything is possible when we do things together. This is a country of very warm hearted people that always will help out whenever they can. Now it is our turn to help them in their time of need.
We will of course post updates on the progress that is made and hopefully be able to post pictures of hundres of smiling children having homes again :)
Thank you so very much!
Some more information about the Super Typhoon;
Be aware of the graphic images, http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/08/world/asia/typhoon-haiyan-hancocks/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook
Super Typhoon to leave areas uninhabited: http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2013/11/09/ac-dnt-cooper-typhoon-haiyan-plows-through-philippines.cnn.html
Aftermath of Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan): What we know
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