Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153
WESTPORT, Conn. (Nov. 11, 2013) — Under very difficult conditions, Save the Children has set up operations to provide urgent support to children and their families following the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The aid agency now has operational bases in Tacloban City and Ormac City on Leyte Island, one of the worst affected areas.
Save the Children Philippine's Deputy Director Ned Olney said staff faced multiple challenges in providing support to communities.
"Our teams on the ground are experiencing very difficult conditions. There is considerable debris on the roads, very few operational vehicles and the airports are closed," Olney said.
"We're currently purchasing pick-up trucks so we can move supplies around and are looking at how we can fly in extra emergency relief items.
"There are also a lot of decomposing bodies in the street and our staff are finding it hard to access clean water and food."
Olney said security was another concern.
"Our teams have seen looting in Tacloban. People are just so desperate to survive right now," he said.
"We are working hard to ensure the emergency relief supplies we bring in are cared for and distributed in an orderly manner in coordination with the communities and local police." To help donate to Save the Children's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, visit SaveTheChildren.org
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