In response to the recent and devastating flooding in the Philippines, Direct Relief is currently assessing needs and working with local in-country partners in the capital, Manila, and the surrounding areas after days of monsoon rains. More than 90 people have been confirmed dead and three million have been displaced.
Government weather agencies predict further rainfall and flooding in Manila and northern provinces as tropical storm Kai-Tak (“Helen”) intensifies. Officials are preparing residents to evacuate or re-evacuate from low-lying areas.
In addition to donating medical goods to support the ongoing needs of healthcare providers, Direct Relief has supported past emergency response efforts in the region. In 2009, Direct Relief donated more than $190,000 (wholesale) in medical aid and $15,000 in cash grants to support victims of Typhoon Ketsana.