WYA Asia Pacific’s Response to Typhoon Ondoy

The World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific Response to Typhoon Ondoy (International Name: Ketsana)

The home of the WYAAP headquarters, Manila, Philippines, has been devastated by Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana). The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) has reported 83 persons killed, and 32 still missing according to an Inquirer.net article. The same article reports an estimated “initial cost of damage to infrastructure has been reported at P41.1 million, and P212,000 for agriculture”.

In an article of the Philippine Star, it likens Ondoy to Katrina, leaving Metro Manila and 25 provinces in a state of calamity. CNN reported it “pummeled the capital Manila with its heaviest rainfall in more than 40 years.”

As of now, we do not know how many of our members have been affected. We are very proud to see that many of our members and friends have already started doing their parts to help.

STAY SAFE
Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) has left the Philippines and is now headed to other ASEAN countries. We call upon all our members based in these areas to be prepared. We will update this with more specific details as soon as we get them.

There are reports that another typhoon is about to hit the Philippines again in a few days. We urge our members in the Philippines to prepare for the coming typhoon and learn how to stay safe. Read up on how to prepare for a coming storm.

KNOW WHERE TO GET HELP, IF YOU NEED IT
To those who are in affected areas or have relatives who have been stranded, several bloggers have consolidated lists of how numbers and hotlines that can be called to get help. Please click here to view the list.

KNOW HOW YOU CAN HELP
WYAAP is unable to coordinate it’s own disaster response efforts as of the moment, but for our members who wish to help out, we have compiled some information for you on other existing operations.

To those in the Philippines who want to help out, please check Inquirer.net’s consolidated information on ways to help.

For those based in Cebu, Philippines, a WYAAP member has consolidated a list of Cebu drop-off centers where you can bring your donations.

To those who want to help out but are based outside the Philippines, you can call 1-800-5272820 or you can log on to www.abscbnfoundation.org.

IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION FOR US
Should you have any additional information that may help us, please get in touch with us at asiapacific@wya.net.