Red Cross appeals for help for Philippine typhoon survivors

30 Nov 2013 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) – The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) has called on the public and business community to fund an emergency relief plan for the Philippines in view of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which struck central Philippines on 08 November 2013.
NRCS chairperson Professor Peter Katjavivi made the appeal during a media briefing on Friday.
Katjavivi led a delegation to Sydney, Australia from 09 to 18 November 2013 to attend the statutory meetings organised by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
“Prior to the commencement of the general assembly, the Philippines were struck by a cyclone which left a great deal of destruction along its path. We want to make sure we do everything we can as part of our general appeal for the people in the Philippines,” he stressed.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are appealing for 87 million Swiss Francs (about N.dollars 979 million) to assist the estimated 10 million people affected by the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall there in recorded history.
Widespread damage has been reported across nine regions of the Philippines. While the authorities are still confirming exact numbers of casualties, thousands are presumed dead or missing, according to the IFRC.
Katjavivi said many people have lost their homes, and are in desperate need of food, shelter and water.
“It might take a long road to recovery for the Philippines,” he noted.
At the same occasion, NRCS National Co-ordinator Rosemany Nalisa said members of the public have already showed interest to support that cause with the aim to donate second-hand clothing. Cash donations would also be highly appreciated, she said.
Over the years, Namibians also supported earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti and Japan.