The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan is unimaginable. Hundreds of thousands in southern parts of the Philippines have been left hungry and homeless. The Philippine Red Cross estimates that about 5 million people have been affected by the storm, with around 600,000 displaced, and around 1,200 found dead, and another 10,000 either dead or missing.
The scene in Tacloban — the city that bore the brunt of it all — is grim. There are accounts of chaos and violence in utter desperation. This is the devastation caused by what many news outlets are reporting as one of the most intense typhoons in recorded history.
For those of you outside of the Philippines looking to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, here are some of the many ways you can help (via CNN). For those of you in the Philippines, here is a list of ways you can help (via Rappler).
If you are looking for missing persons who might have been affected and/or displaced by Haiyan, you can consult Google Person Finder or contact the Philippine Red Cross. An official list of casualties has been compiled here, and a list of survivors can be seen here. Both lists are regularly being updated.
A friendly reminder to those looking to help out: please take the necessary measures to make sure your money goes to reputable organizations. Your help is desperately needed and much appreciated, but will be for naught if it falls into the wrong hands.