Airlifting Relief to the Philippines - Samaritan's Purse
By Samaritan's Purse On November 16, 2013
Airlifting Relief to the Philippines
Samaritan's Purse loads a Boeing 747 with 110 tons ofemergency supplies for people in desperate need in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan More relief is on the way to the hardest hit areas of the Philippines, where Samaritan's Purse is working to help victims of super Typhoon Haiyan.A cargo aircraft was loaded with more than 5 million square feet of plastic sheeting, 6 additional community water filtration systems, 14,000 blankets, mosquito nets, and medical supplies in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday. The Boeing 747 took off that same afternoon, headed for Cebu City in the Philippines.
The plane is scheduled to arrive early on Sunday morning where it will be met by our disaster reliefteam. Samaritan's Purse is already on the ground in the Philippines, working with local partners to coordinate and deliver desperately needed aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan. In addition to the airlift, Samaritan's Purse is currently working with local volunteers in Cebu City to assemble thousands of hygiene and food parcel kits for typhoon victims, which were distributed this week on the islands of Cebu and Bantayan.
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"This is a good example of Christians around the world reaching out and working together to help those in need," said Samaritan's Purse representative Jim Walker. "We can't do this without partners. Another big thing our church partners are doing in America is praying. We need their prayers. We need their prayers to continue for the Filipino community."
Among the 110 tons of supplies on the aircraft are 8 palettes of medical supplies and medical equipment that will be used to help reopen Schistosomiasis Hospital in Tacloban. The hospital was abandoned when the typhoon hit and hasn't been able to treat any patients since.
Our staff, including biomedical technician Jim Moore and Dr. Lance Plyler, along with a volunteer medical team are working to get the hospital up and running again so that it can provide much-needed medical aid to storm victims.
"This is one of the first emergency relief efforts where there has been a request that we help a hospital because of the conditions. There's no power. There's no ability for the hospital to run," Jim Moore said. "I am thankful to be able to help in this way and reach out to parts of the world that don't have the things that we can sometimes take for granted."
Samaritan's Purse has worked in the Philippines for more than 15 years, deploying disaster response teams and working through local partnerships. Last month we provided relief to residents during rebel fighting and after a deadly earthquake. In December 2012, Samaritan's Purse responded to a typhoon in the Philippines that caused at least 1,900 deaths and widespread destruction.
Typhoon Haiyan is a record-breaking disaster with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour, gusts up to 235 mph, and storm surges along the coast of more than 20 feet. At least 2,500 people have been reported dead and more than 580,000 are displaced as the disaster has destroyed many homes all over the country.
"The goal of this relief effort is really simple. It's the mission of Samaritan's Purse. We exist to help people in need and respond to their physical and spiritual needs as a result of a natural disaster," Walker said. "We are going to be there today. We are going to be there tomorrow. We don't set an end date."
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