A catastrophic storm, one of the strongest on record, has hit the Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. It is believed to be the most powerful storm ever to hit the country, and at least 9.2 million people have been affected in 41 provinces. Hundreds of casualties have been reported, and Philippine officials expect the death toll to reach 10,000 or more. Thousands were forced from their homes to seek shelter. Full communities have been destroyed due to the widespread damage, flooding and landslides. Power and communication is down in several provinces, and severe damage has been reported.
Canada is among the countries working to help the Philippines during this devastating time. The Government of Canada has announced up to $20 million in aid for the relief effort. They have also extended the deadline for matching donations to December 23, 2013.
The CanadaHelps Crisis Relief Centre is your go-to destination for finding registered Canadian Charities supporting the relief effort. You can donate to the charity / relief effort of your choice, and keep up-to-date on the latest news.