By Steve Herman, FM News 101 KXL @HermanatorInPDX.
The Philippines has been devastated by one of the worst Typhoons on record. 4.3 million people are effected by the storm. 800,000 have been forced to flee their homes. In Tacloban, the provincial capital of Leyte Island, officials fear at least 10,000 people are dead. Those numbers are expected to rise as rescue and relief efforts make it to the hardest hit areas.
Angela Pratt Tigard Oregon based Medical Teams International with International Medical Corps, will ship Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK). Those kits contain pharmaceuticals and medical items that cover the basic needs of people for three months. All together their two shipments of supplies will help 20,000 people.
As of right now she says they don’t have any plans of sending over medical personnel. “As we get more information about the needs we might reassess that and see what else we can do”.
And this is not the only trouble people of the Philippines are dealing with.
“Many areas in the path of the storm are still recovering from a recent 7.1 earthquake that hit the region on October 15th, both increasing the risk of casualties and worsening potential destruction”, says Joe DiCarlo, MTI Director, Emergency Relief and Global Security. “The recent earthquake had already stretched national emergency response teams, leaving the potential for a large-scale humanitarian crisis,” says DiCarlo