Filipinos no longer counting the missing. You can help the victims.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared a state of emergency after
a tropical typhoon Washi (Sendong) battered the country and reportedly claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 people.
Regions most affected by the tropical storm were areas of the cities Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on Mindanao island.
In a mere few hours the raging elements led to local rivers overflowing their banks and flash floods to cause water saturated soil to slip down slopes destroying everything in their path.
Due to the almost zero chance of finding anyone still alive, dozens of people who previously were considered missing are now presumed to be fatalities of the typhoon.
Humanitarian organizations are trying to provide food, water and medicine to the villages damaged by the storm.
The Filipino authorities fearing epidemics are organizing mass graves even whilst grieving relatives only just begin to come to terms with their loss.
President Aquino inspected the area of damage from the cockpit of a helicopter.
Following a wave of public criticisms and accusations directed at the authorities, the head of state announced an investigation into possible negligence that might have contributed to the landslides in Mindanao.
My Filippino friend, Rachel Fernandez, wrote on her Facebook wall:
“Don’t buy firecrackers this Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Please, donate and help the people of Philippines”.
And here is how you can help:
Red Cross via SMS
Red Cross: Text RED AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)
G-Cash: Text DONATE AMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882
You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Red Cross via Bank Deposits
Banco De Oro (Swift Code: BNORPHMM)
Peso: 00 -453-0018647
Bank of the Philippine Islands (Swift Code: BOPIPHMM)
Dollar: 00 -4994-0103-15
Metrobank (Swift Code: MBTCPHMM)
Philippine National Bank (Swift Code: PNBMPHMM)
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Unionbank of the Philippines (Swift Code: UNPHPHMM)
Peso: 1015 4000 0201