Philippines: Order of Malta support for stricken islanders
The effects of typhoon Haiyan are spreading
Cologne/Manila, 16 November 2013
Bantayan Island, Philippines – young children beg for food
On Bantayan island, aid for 900 families, on Samar island, aid for 600 families, on Bohol island, aid for 250 families.
The results of the Order of Malta’s initial assessments have shaped relief efforts: Malteser International, the Order’s humanitarian agency, are preparing to distribute emergency items – food, tents, tarpaulins, kitchen utensils, soap and disinfectant fluid – to 1,750 families in three islands, Bantayan, Samar and Bohol. Water purification tablets are being supplied for up to 30,000 people, so they have clean drinking water for a month.
Sandra Harlass, emergency relief and public health expert at Malteser International, Dr. Mel Capistrano, disaster risk reduction advisor, and a delegation of the Order of Malta Philippines Association are currently on Samar Island to accompany the relief efforts and look into additional aid possibilities.
DONATIONS: please go to Order of Malta Foreign Aid Service (FAS) and mark your donation ‘Philippines Appeal’ https://www.justgiving.com/fas.
Photo: Kenly Monteagud