As relief efforts are on the way to help survivors of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, believed to have killed over 10,000 people in the Phillipines, Pope Francis has sent an aid contribution of $150,000 to families and victims pleading to the world for help.
"Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this storm and its aftermath," read a telegram by Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.
"He is especially mindful of those who mourn the loss of their loved ones and of those who have lost their homes. In praying for all the people of the Philippines, the Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the victims of this storm. He invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation for the Nation." more >>
Authorities in the Philippines were counting bodies on Monday morning amid acute shortage of electricity, food, water and medicine for survivors, days after Super Typhoon Haiyan caused unprecedented devastation. The storm is now ripping through northeastern Vietnam.
Haiyan made landfall in northern Vietnam, near the Chinese border, after weakening to a tropical storm, carrying gusts of up to 98 mph.
About 883,000 people in Vietnam's 11 central provinces have been moved to safe zones, according to the state media, which also said at least 11 people had been killed in the country ahead of the storm. One of those killed was a journalist who died in an accident as she was traveling to cover the storm, according to BBC. more >>
International Christian relief agencies based out of the United States are sending assistance to central and eastern Philippines, which was devastated by one of the strongest typhoons on record, Haiyan, that may have killed more than 10,000 people and affected more than 25 million others.
The Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization, World Vision, has announced the launch of an emergency response to deliver food, hygiene kits, shelter, and other relief supplies to 1.2 million people in the Eastern and Central Visayas region.
"We will also work to protect children, who are the most vulnerable in the aftermath of a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan," says World Vision. more >>
The Pacific super typhoon storm known as Haiyan continues to sweep through the Philippines as of Friday morning with wind gusts measuring over 200 miles per hour that have claimed the lives of at least four people. Christians across the island nation raised up prayer amid what is considered to be the strongest storm ever recorded.
Haiyan made landfall south of Manila, around 4:40 a.m. local time on Friday while most people slept. So far, the affected areas are Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Dulag-Tolosa, Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island. Currently, over 12 million people are at risk from the storm, including the country's second largest city, Cebu.
King Reginaldo, an employee with the Integrated Coastal Resources Management (ICRM), has been monitoring the storm from an unaffected province in the Philippines and took to Facebook to post updates on the super storm while encouraging his followers through prayer. more >>
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