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Typhoon Ketsana barraged the Philippines this weekend, pouring more than 16 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period. More than 240 people perished and countless others were injured in the country’s worst disaster in over 40 years.
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Massive flooding in and around the capital city of Manila left 320,000 homeless and has affected 2 million men, women and children. Response efforts have been difficult and many remain stranded on their rooftops.
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AmeriCares is working with our partners in the Philippines on a comprehensive disaster response to Typhoon Ketsana, locally known by Filipinos as Ondoy. AmeriCares recently shipped $3.2 million worth of medical aid to the Philippines including antibiotics, pain killers, fever reducers, syringes, medical supplies, hand sanitizers and other lifesaving medications which can be used to help survivors.
“As flood waters begin to recede and search and rescue operations are completed, the immediate health concerns will be illnesses such as cholera, dysentery and other potentially deadly water-borne diseases,” said Dr. Frank Bia, MD, AmeriCares medical director. “Many of the medicines and supplies recently delivered can be used to combat such anticipated disease outbreaks.”
AmeriCares is also working with local partners to assess health care facilities to determine the impact of the typhoon and to plan additional deliveries of medicines and supplies.
The fierce storm is headed toward Vietnam and is expected to make landfall in the coming days. AmeriCares stands ready to respond with additional medical assistance.
Since 1985, AmeriCares delivered over $178 million worth of medicines, medical supplies and aid to the Philippines. AmeriCares has delivered over $13 million of medical and humanitarian donations to date in 2009. Help us deliver critical aid to survivors of Typhoon Ketsana and other catastrophic disasters. »
Update as of November 3, 2009: AmeriCares continues to help survivors of the recent typhoons, tsunami and floods in Asia and the South Pacific. And we also continue our on-going efforts to provide lifesaving medical and humanitarian aid to people in poor and conflict-ridden countries struggling for daily survival around the world.