One of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall, struck the eastern coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar on Friday, November 8th. It then headed west, sweeping through six central Philippine islands.
More than three weeks later, the official death toll from Typhoon Haiyan stands at just over 5,000 people. There are another 1,000 people still unaccounted for.
The disaster has still affected more than 13 million people; in excess of four million people have been left homeless.
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One of Goals aid workers, James Kelly met a young mother called Marissa Tanada last
week. Her story is typical of those caught up in the storm.
Marissa has six children, all of whom are between two and 11 years-old. When the typhoon hit, it ripped the roof off their one-room house sending the family running outside. Soon afterwards, as they huddled with a neighbour, a large tree fell on their home and destroyed it.
“When I ask her about Christmas, Marissa becomes emotional,” said James. “She says there will be no Christmas for her family this year. One of her sons, Jericho (8) suggested that the family can sing Christmas carols for the other locals so that they might get some presents.”
Because of the number of damaged and demolished buildings in Jaro, GOAL has been delivering emergency shelter kits, which include tarpaulins to protect families from the incessant rain; kitchen sets and jerry cans for carrying water. Hygiene kits and blankets will arrive next week.
They have already reached more than 20,000 people with aid across two islands, and will distribute emergency shelter kits to 32,000 people over the next two weeks.
However, they can reach even more people with your support.