On the 26th of September 2009, Manila and the neighboring provinces were hit hard by Typhoon Ondoy, international code name Ketsana. In six hours, Ondoy unleashed a month's worth of rain. Many people are homeless. Many people are comparing it to Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps it is similar; then again, maybe not.
A friend wrote, "Praying for others will be helpful, but acting on that prayer by doing any sort of help for others will be an answer to other people's prayers." Right now, this is my way of helping - by helping spread the word around to let other people know that help is urgently needed.
Philippine National Red Cross lists the following as the most urgent needed items:
Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water
Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases
Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap
Rehabilitation Programs: Shelter materials for house repair
Other relief operations have listed these items as well: shoes, clothes, and ready-to-drink milk.
If you can't help financially, then simply pass the word along. PLEASE. The more people who know, the better.
To fellow US-based family and friends + those in Canada, the American Red Cross (1-800-435-7669) is accepting donations for Ondoy Philippines relief operations.
Update: Oh no. A friend just shared that there are two storms on its way by end of the week. Just precautionary measures for those who may be in low lying areas. Warn your family members, friends or neighbors who may be at risk. Check out the link below to see the storm path. Global Storm Tracker Source: hosted.ap.org