Typhoon Haiyan has left behind massive destruction in the Philippines. Only on the island groups Visayas and Luzon 25 million people are affected by the typhoon’s aftermath. Many regions are still cut off from the outside world.

“We fear that casualty numbers may increase substantially. We have not received any information from some regions yet as communications are down” says Jutta Meissner, Head of Desk South East Asia from Johanniter International Assistance.

Teams of Johanniter International Assistance’s local partner organisation, “Balay Mindanaw Foundation” are already on their way to the disaster area – the Johanniter had already initiated emergency relief operations together with them after hurricane Bopha and the earthquake this year in October.

As soon as we have a first assessment of urgent needs we will immediately start with our relief operations,“ Meissner goes on, “the preparations are already up and running”.

The operations aim to provide the local population primarily with medicine and other vital humanitarian supplies.

On Sunday the typhoon drew over Vietnam where the typhoon is expected to cause similar destruction. The Johanniter are monitoring the situation and are in touch with their local partners.

Special notice for the media:  Hanni Walter from the Johanniter International Assistance regional office in South East Asia is currently on her way to the Philippines. The 33-year-old from Heppenheim is available for interviews. Please contact the press office of the Johanniter under +49 (0) 30 26 997 360.

To help everyone affected by the typhoon, the Johanniter urgently depend on donations. Follow this link to see how you can help.