These satellite pictures are proof Tacloban needs your help after Super Typhoon Haiyan

Satellite images by <a href="" target="_blank">DigitalGlobe</a> shows Tacloban City going from green and colourful to brown and destroyed.

Martino Tan| November 16, 11:25 AM

Super Typhoon Haiyan, arguably the worst storm recorded in the Philippines this year, has resulted in an estimated 12.9 million people affected (4.7 million are children) by the disaster country-wide.

Presently, close to 4,500 people are dead, with more than 240,000 houses destroyed. The devastating winds swept past the central and southern Philippines, decimating cities like Cebu and Tacloban.

The Satellite images by DigitalGlobe below shows Tacloban City going from green and colourful to brown and destroyed.









The Singapore Government will make a S$200,000 donation to support the relief efforts in the Philippines.

The Singapore Armed Forces had also delivered S$120,000 worth of relief supplies to Cebu, Philippines. The supplies included tents, groundsheets, medical supplies and blankets.

Corporations in Singapore are also doing their part to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.


Here are 7 Ways You Can Help Those Affected By Super Typhoon Haiyan:


1. Red Cross Singapore


Source: Red Cross Singapore Facebook

Who: The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation dedicated to protecting human life and dignity, relieving human suffering and responding to emergencies.

What: The SRC has on Nov 11 committed emergency relief supplies worth S$100,000 for the survivors’ immediate needs. A team of SRC volunteers and staff left for the affected areas at Visayas on Nov 14 to help with the distribution of relief items. SRC's convoy of 3 relief trucks,1 pickup and 1 van worth of volunteers arrived on Nov 15.

On 13 Nov, Red Cross Singapore announced that over $145, 000 in public donations had been collected so far (separate from Government contribution).

How you can help: 

Fund-raise: You can conduct your own fund-raising drives for Singapore Red Cross. Contact Singapore Red Cross to find out more.

Manning Hotlines: Volunteers are needed to man its hotlines and fund collection booths. To register, call: 6664 0500

Donations: For cash donations, you can proceed to the Red Cross House at 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486. Cheques crossed to Singapore Red Cross Society, with "Red Cross Haiyan Relief" written on the reverse, along with name, contact number and address.

You can donate online via DBS iBanking, OCBC Internet banking or through here.


2. Mercy Relief


Source: Mercy Relief Facebook

Who: Established in 2003, Mercy Relief is a Singapore non-governmental humanitarian charity, established in response to the human tragedies in Asia.  MR aims to promote a civic life of compassion, care and volunteerism amongst man.

What: MR has deployed its second response team to the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan.  The three-men team has established the logistics supply chain across the typhoon-ravaged Leyte province in the Philippines.  MR’s third relief team would be deployed this weekend to bolster and continue the aid efforts there. MR has provided a total amount of aid worth SGD37,000 so far.

How you can help:

Fund-raise: You can conduct your own fund-raising drives for Mercy Relief. Contact Mercy Relief to find out more.

Donations: The following modes of donations are provided below:


Source: Mercy Relief Facebook


3. World Vision Singapore


Source: World Vision Facebook

Who: World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

What: World Vision's ground staff have already started distributing life-saving essentials food and hygiene kits, and hundreds of households in North Cebu have received them. They are mustering resources to assist 400,000 people with critical food and non-food items, and protection, especially for children and women.

How you can help: You can donate online here or here. For cash donations, you can proceed to Tannery Lane #06-01 Singapore 347773. Cheques crossed to World Vision International, with "Typhoon Haiyan Relief" written on the reverse.


4. Habitat for Humanity Singapore

Habitat for Humanity

Source: Habitat for Humanity Facebook Page

Habitat for Humanity

Who: Habitat for Humanity Singapore is a Christian nonprofit housing organisation, working for people of all backgrounds regardless of their race, language or religion. Since its inception in 2004, Habitat Singapore seeks to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by working alongside homeowners to build simple, decent houses.

What: Habitat for Humanity’s country office in the Philippines is raising funds to provide Cleaning Kit to 50,000 families, Shelter Repair Kit to 30,000 families and 10,000 Core Houses.

A Shelter Repair Kit comprises: plywood, lumber, corrugated GI Sheets, sets of nails, hammer, handsaw and screwdriver. Each Habitat for Humanity Shelter Repair Kit costs 15,000 pesos (S$430) and is good for one family.

How you can help: You can donate online at the Habitat for Humanity website.


5. Citizens’ Disaster Response Center 


Who: The Citizens' Disaster Response Center (CDRC) is a non-government organization that pioneered and continues to promote community-based disaster management in the Philippines.

What: The CDRC has started an Indiegogo campaign looking for cash donations. Its goal was to raise at least US$5,000. It has now raised more than US$10,000 with 18 days to go.

How you can help: You can donate to CDRC at the Indiegogo website.

  • $10 (S$12.50) - Provides rice to a family of 6 for 3 days
  • $25 - Provides food and water to a displaced family for 3 days
  • $50 - Provides sleeping mats and blankets to 4 storm survivors
  • $100 - Provides a sleeping kit, hygiene kit and several days of food and water to 2 families


6. Rahmatan Lil 'Alamin Foundation

Rahmatan Foundation


Who: The Rahmatan Lil Alamin (RLA) or Blessings to All Committee was set up by MUIS in 2005 for the Singaporean Muslim Community to radiate compassion and blessings to poor, needy and victims of disasters regardless of the faith, race or creed.

What: RLAF donation boxes will be placed at all 69 mosques on Nov 15. The boxes will be marked “Singapore Muslim Community’s Special Collection for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines”. All proceeds from the collection will be donated to Mercy Relief.

How you can help: Cash donations can be presented at the Muis Building at the Singapore Islamic Hub, 273, Braddell Road Singapore 579702 from 8.30am to 5pm (Mon-Fri). Office is closed from 12.30pm – 1.30pm on Fridays.

Cheque crossed to “RLAF” with the words “Humanitarian Relief Effort for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines” written on the back.



Source: Charis website

Who: Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) is the umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid by the Catholic church in Singapore.  Humanitarian situations cover natural disasters faced by the poor and needy, especially in developing countries in the region.

What: CHARIS is coordinating the efforts of the Catholic church. It is working with Catholic groups in the Philippines to establish needs on the ground. CHARIS has committed an initial $200,000 in grant aid and is also sending supplies such as water filters and food relief.

There will be a mass in solidarity with those impacted by the recent earthquake and typhoon. The mass will be held at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 at Sts Peter & Paul Church. His Grace, Archbishop William Goh will be celebrating the mass.

How you can help:  You can pick up an appeal flyer on the Humanitarian Aid Fund from any Catholic churches. You can print and complete this donation form and send a crossed cheque payable to "Humanitarian Aid Fund" to CHARIS at 55 Waterloo Street, #07-02, Catholic Centre. Singapore 187954. Please contact Albert Lim at 63380182 or [email protected] if you have any questions or require any assistance.


Top Photo from DigitalGlobe.

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