The devastation is hard to fathom. We all share this Earth and these poor people need our help.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour, slammed into the Philippines on the island of Samar the evening of November 7, 2013, and hit Vietnam on Sunday, November 9. The storm has killed an estimated 10,000 people, and local officials report approximately 9.5 million people have been affected.

The hard-hit city of Tacloban resembled a garbage dump from the air, with only a few concrete buildings left standing in the wake of one of the most powerful storms to ever hit land, packing 147-mph winds and whipping up 20-foot walls of seawater that tossed ships inland and swept many out to sea.

"Help. SOS. We need food," read a message painted by a survivor in large letters on the ravaged city's port, where water lapped at the edge.

Britian’s Channel 4 News interviews Victor Tanco, the governor of Capiz province in the Philippines.

Here are 5 easy ways you can help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Red Cross Facebook
    Red Cross Facebook

    Phillippine Red Cross

  • World Food Program Facebook
    World Food Program Facebook

    World Food Program

  • Unicef Facebook
    Unicef Facebook


    The Philippine branch of Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund, says that children affected by the typhoon need urgent access to drinkable water, medical supplies, food and shelter. It is accepting donations online as part of an emergency typhoon appeal.

  • CRS Facebook
    CRS Facebook

    Catholic Relief Services

    Catholic Relief Services has dispatched a team to the area affected by the storm, but said travel to the most hard-hit cities and towns was “extremely slow” because of damaged infrastructure and debris-clogged roads. It is accepting donations online.

  • Google

    Find a Loved One

    If you are looking for information about a specific person in an area affected by the typhoon, Google has set up a person finder page, which can also be accessed by mobile device or text message. If you have information about a specific person affected by the typhoon, you can also use the person finder page to share it.

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