On November the 7th, super typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. It was the strongest storm ever recorded to make landfall, with wind speeds of up to 315km/h (nearly 200mi/h) — 3.5 times stronger than hurricane Katrina. The devastation is immense and difficult to comprehend. The ocean rose to surges of nearly twenty feet higher and waves on top of that reached fifteen feet high, making walls of seawater taller than a two-story house. Entire cities and towns have been flattened, roads are torn up, and most infrastructure has collapsed. People sit at night with no electricity, no food, no clean water, and no way of communicating with the outside world. In the day, families walk past bodies of relatives piled on the side of the road with dead animals: there is nowhere to take them and nothing they can do. They cover their mouths with rags against the smell and hope that their last few tins of food are not stolen by desperate looters.

In the surrounding countryside, not only have houses been levelled, but crops have been blown away, meaning that families have lost shelter, food, and their only means of income.

Relief workers from around the world have come to help, but without proper roads and electricity it is very difficult to get the help to where it is needed the most. In some places helicopters are being used to reach those in difficult-to-access areas.

Health authorities are highly concerned about the threat of diseases that thrive in dirty tropical water, like cholera and dysentery. Disease could kill thousands more people.

Clean water is the biggest need, followed by food and shelter. Please help HERE

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