About the Emergency
On December 16, Super Typhoon Rai, locally known as Odette, barreled into the Philippines, bringing heavy rains, landslides, and widespread flooding. The devastating storm killed hundreds of people, affected nearly two million people, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. It also left many roads and bridges impassable, and knocked out power in more than 60 cities.
USAID is providing food, water, hygiene supplies, and other relief items to help people affected by the storm. USAID is also supporting the restoration of water supply services and sanitation facilities, as well as hygiene promotion activities to keep people safe and healthy. Ahead of typhoon season, USAID pre-positioned relief supplies in the Philippines which were sent to the affected area immediately after the storm hit – providing shelter for thousands of families.
More information on the U.S. Government’s humanitarian activities in the Philippines can be found here.
How You Can Help
- Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Here’s how.
- If you are interested in volunteering, this page has what you need to know.
- Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau.
Organizations Responding in the Philippines
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