Help the Victims of Tropical Storm Sendong

Tropical storm Washi, locally known as Sendong, has left the Philippines, but the people of Cagayan de Oro City still need our help.

By Travelbook
December 19, 2011

The country is still reeling from the effects of tropical storm Washi, locally known as Sendong, which left parts of Northern Mindanao, notably Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities, crippled by heavy rains and flash floods, the latter allegedly due to illegal logging.

The storm entered the country last Friday night, accumulating a death toll over 650 before leaving on Sunday evening and making landfall in Palawan earlier today. The affected areas, which do not normally experience heavy storms, were not prepared for Sendong, which delivered the heaviest rains the region has experienced in many years.

Response has been swift, with the public and non-government sectors organizing donation and fund drives with the help of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The media, army, and government organizations are likewise busy helping storm victims. Even international personalities and celebrities have sent their sympathies, as the storm made international news.

The victims of tropical storm Sendong still need our help. Different donation pick-up points have been sent up in Metro Manila. While food and clothes are essential, blankets, slippers and drinking water are also important. The different radio and TV stations are likewise collection donations for the storm victims. The Philippine Red Cross is currently collecting donations and delivering good to stricken areas. Those who want to donate may do so through text message. Just send RED + (donated amount) to 4143 (for Smart subscribers) or 2899 (for Globe subscribers). Valid amounts are 10, 25, 50, and 100 pesos, the amount of which will be charged to the subscriber's prepaid load or postpaid bill.

The rains may have stopped, but the storm victims still need our help. Every little bit counts!