With the mass transport of relief supplies to the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban still proving difficult, The Salvation Army in The Philippines is working on alternative methods to get help to the thousands of people who are in need.
Teams of Salvation Army volunteers are providing items such as bottled water, biscuits, bananas and bread for people who have been evacuated to Cebu and Manila from Tacloban. The initial outlay have provided food and water packages for 3,500 people.
In Manila, The Salvation Army is working with the local authorities and will act as a reception partner for people evacuated from Tacloban, providing spiritual and practical care as needed.
Away from Leyte and Tacloban, The Salvation Army is at work in many other parts of the Philippines, which are struggling to recover from Typhoon Haiyan. The government reported that 196,361 families on the island of Panay were affected by the typhoon.
The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters continues to receive funds to be used for response in The Philippines.