PORTLAND, ORE. – Nov. 10, 2013 – Medical Teams International (MTI) is mobilizing shipments of medicines and medical supplies to care for those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons on record.
The storm has left widespread devastation affecting 4.3 million people, including 800,000 who fled their homes. In Tacloban, the provincial capital of Leyte Island, it is feared at least 10,000 people are dead. Those numbers are expected to rise as the hardest hit areas become more accessible to rescue and relief efforts.
Medical Teams International, working with International Medical Corps, will ship Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) containing pharmaceuticals and medical items that cover the basic needs of people for 3 months in emergency situations.
“Many areas in the path of the storm are still recovering from a recent 7.1 earthquake that hit the region on October 15th, both increasing the risk of casualties and worsening potential destruction”, says Joe DiCarlo, MTI Director, Emergency Relief and Global Security. “The recent earthquake had already stretched national emergency response teams, leaving the potential for a large-scale humanitarian crisis,” says DiCarlo.
Those seeking to support MTI’s effort to provide care may donate online at www.medicalteams.org/typhoon.