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In a matter of hours on 8 November, Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest storms ever recorded – completely devastated parts of eastern Visayas in the central Philippines. Countless lives have been lost, families separated and drinking water and electricity cut off.
The ICRC is closely coordinating its relief efforts with the Philippine Red Cross and our partners in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, to help communities with the devastating consequences of the storm.
“There’s an urgent need to speed up the humanitarian response,” said Graziella Leite Picollo, deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Manila. With treacherous conditions making remote areas hard to reach, we are determined to help those most in in need.
Before the Typhoon hit, ICRC Manila dispatched 11 trucks to Tacloban loaded with food and other essential relief supplies (such as hygiene kits, kitchen utensils, jerrycans, tarpaulins, water bladders and water-treatment units, emergency latrines and medical supplies), but more help is needed as the extent of the destruction unfolds.
In a world wracked by conflict and armed violence, the ICRC brings hope and humanity to millions of people across the globe. This film highlights the organization's work to protect and assist victims of war -- treating the wounded, providing shelter and clean water, reuniting families and promoting respect for the rules of war. Neutral and independent, the ICRC is part of the world's largest humanitarian movement, bringing assistance to those in need, regardless of race, religion or politics.