Super typhoon Haiyan has displaced at least 600,000 people, killing as many as 10,000 and destroying an estimated 80 percent of the buildings in the coastal regions of Leyte and Samar.
Images of devastation are everywhere and have spurred numerous hotel cancellations, up to 40 percent by one account, but right now the focus is on aiding the victims, reports Judy Reeves, a spokesperson for Shangri-La International, on Thursday. “With Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa as the command center, and with the help of Philippine Business for Social Progress, the Philippine Navy, and other local organizations, we have been assisting in bringing vital support to some villages in DaanBantayan in the northern tip of Cebu, which was badly affected by the typhoon. Yesterday, the team was able to distribute relief boxes to about 1,100 families in the villages of Tinubdan and Dalingding. The resort has been preparing and distributing donation boxes with emergency items, including basic food and water, batteries, and torches.”
Following are some ways you can help:
The American Red Cross: Mail a check to your local American Red Cross chapter, with "Philippines Typhoons and Flood" in the memo line, or go to redcross.org.ph to donate directly to the Philippine Red Cross. In addition, Apple has created an option in the iTunes Store allowing iTunes customers to donate, and iTunes will transfer 100 percent of donations to the American Red Cross.
International Medical Corps: Donate $10 by texting MED to 80888.
For a comprehensive list of relief organizations, click here.