A weakened Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in northern Vietnam early Monday and was downgraded to a tropical storm as it entered southern China later in the day, but the damage and death tolls appear nothing like the havoc the storm wreaked upon the Philippines Friday.
Despite an official death toll of just over 250, authorities there fear it could climb to 10,000 or more. At least 2 million people in 41 Philippine provinces are affected by the disaster, with tens of thousands of houses wiped away, decomposing bodies under twisted rubble, and survivors struggling to find food and clean water.
The United States, United Nations and Red Cross are among those donating supplies.
JEWISH FEDERATION OF CLEVELAND
The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is working with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to evaluate the situation in the Philippines and organize resources. Donations can be made online at
www.jewishcleveland.org or by mail at Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, P.O. Box 74320, Cleveland, OH 44194-4320.
The American Red Cross said it has deployed two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines and activated its family tracing services. It asked those who want to support relief efforts to mail a check to their local American Red Cross chapter, with "Philippines Typhoons and Flood" in the memo line. Go to
local chapter information or
redcross.org.ph to donate directly to the Philippine Red Cross.
UNICEF said its staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to help in relief efforts and 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. An airlift set to arrive on Tuesday will include water purification systems, storage equipment and sanitation supplies. Donations can be made to UNICEF at
The United Nations World Food Programme said it has allocated $2 million for the disaster response and officials joined an assessment mission to survey damage in Leyte and Samar provinces.
WFP said it will send more than 40 tons of high energy biscuits and work with the Filipino government to help with logistics and emergency communications systems. It asks for donations at
www.wfpusa.org or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.
Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations on its website, emergencies.crs.org, as it begins moving supplies and staff to respond to the typhoon.
World Vision said it is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. It asked for one-time donations to be made at
AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has begun collecting donations for relief efforts. To contribute, go to
www.jdc.org or call 212-687-6200.
Mercy Corps said it has launched emergency response efforts to provide food, water, shelter and basic supplies to typhoon survivors. To contribute, go to
www.mercycorps.org/typhoon or call (800) 292-3355.
AmeriCares is preparing to deploy an emergency response team to the Philippines. To donate go to
americares.org or call (800) 486-4357.
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
The International Rescue Committee has dispatched an emergency team to Manila and launched a $10 million appeal. The IRC will work to determine which of its areas of expertise -- from water and sanitation to education -- are most needed.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
Lutheran World Relief said it has deployed its local staff to stricken areas and is appealing for $2.5 million to aid its recovery effort. To donate, go to