Bayanihan is a Filipino term derived from the word bayan and often refers to nation, town or community. The whole term bayanihan refers to an old Filipino practice of volunteerism
where members of the community come together to achieve a particular objective. Bayanihan is an act of kindness or an act of humanity. We see it happening today as the international
community responds to the crisis in the Philippines following the havoc wreaked by Supertyphoon Haiyan.
Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history, wreaks unimaginable havoc in the Philippines
Supertyphoon Haiyan (Philippine code name Yolanda) left behind an unprecedented trail of death and destruction in its rampage across the Central Philippines. More than 2,000 Filipinos lost their lives while hundreds of thousands were rendered homeless. The death toll is still expected to rise. It is feared that it may be a dark Christmas for areas that will continue to remain without power for up to six weeks. The Philippine Government along with the United States and several other countries as well as local and international humanitarian organizations and even private individuals are pitching in to help with relief efforts. Although aid for initial relief operations is generously pouring in, much more is still needed for restoration and rehabilitation in the affected areas.
For those who would like to help with the ongoing relief efforts, here is a list of organizations in the Philippines and in the US that are accepting donations. Should you wish to help in any other way, kindly email bayanihan@
For those in the United States who are looking for relatives, friends and loved ones, you can use Google’s People Finder; go to the local chapter of the American Red Cross; check casualty figures from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council; or use the Task Force Alert system of the US Department of State or call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444.
Latest Update from NDDRMC
January 14, 2014, 6:00 AM
Official data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, including names of dead, injured and missing, affected areas and other information. Open PDF
VIEW BEFORE & AFTER SATELLITE IMAGES OF THE DEVASTATION
HAIYAN BY THE NUMBERS7,107 ISLANDS IN THE PHILIPPINES 195 MPH MAX WINDS FROM HAIYAN 16.1M PEOPLE AFFECTED 4.1M PEOPLE DISPLACED 12,139 BARANGAYS AFFECTED 57 CITIES AFFECTED $126.8M INT’L AID RECEIVED 43 NATIONS THAT HAVE PLEDGED AID
OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL
DEATH TOLL ESTIMATE