13/12/2012: ABS CBN Foundation International is now accepting disaster relief funds to aid in rescue and rehabilitation efforts
(Photo credit: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Hundreds of Filipinos perish at the onslaught of Supertyphoon Pablo
Redwood City, Calif. – The 16th tropical cyclone of the year hit Visayas and Mindanao, the southern islands in the Philippines. As typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) continues to traverse, it has already taken with it 322 lives, as reported by ABS-CBN News. First responders are on the ground battling flood and mud that stand between them and survivors. ABS CBN Foundation International announces that it is currently accepting donations to assist in rescue operations and providing aid to over 86,000 families that are now in evacuation centers where they are temporarily sheltered.
Contributions can be made to “ABS CBN Foundation International (Typhoon Pablo)” online atwww.abscbnfoundation.org or via cheques to 150 Shoreline Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065.
The once lush gold-rush mountain barrios are now a wasteland of fallen trees and shreds of homes that have been ripped apart by the wrath of the deluge. Families were washed away and what remains is the eerie wail of cries for help by survivors. As hundreds more are still missing, rescue remains to be a race against time.
With maximum winds at 259 kilometers per hour, American meteorologists compared Typhoon Pablo to Category 5 cyclones, marking it as the strongest typhoon ever recorded in Mindanao. 52-foot waves were recorded at nearby seaside towns.
“Typhoon Pablo swept through schools, clinics, and homes and claimed with it entire families. Those who were left behind need our help with tremendous urgency,” says Jo Ann Kyle, Managing Director for ABS CBN Foundation International. “Our volunteer teams are already on the ground, braving through debris and mud, making sure that we leave no one behind.”
All contributions to ABS CBN Foundation International will go towards the provision of food, clean water, and medical aid. ###