International Rescue Committee (IRC)

[PRESS RELEASE] International Rescue Committee deploys to Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan

10 Nov 2013 - In the face of a rising death toll and widespread humanitarian catastrophe the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has dispatched an emergency team to Manila and launched a $10 million appeal in order to implement the most appropriate response.

IRC president and CEO David Miliband said today:

"Hundreds of thousands of homes have been lost, water systems are broken and normal sanitation systems have failed or been flooded. With credible sources quoting that 90% of buildings have been leveled in the coastal area where the typhoon hit, this is now a humanitarian catastrophe that needs a global coordinated response. The IRC will be part of that response.

We have today taken the decision to deploy emergency relief coordinators to the Philippines, with a view to deciding with the host government which of IRC's areas of expertise — from water and sanitation to education — are most needed.

There is now a serious risk of major public health outbreaks, which means that health systems need urgent reinforcement. The number of people affected or in danger is still emerging but the Philippines government has increased its estimate from 4.3 to 9.5 million people. And we know that more than 28 million people were within the storm’s path.

The IRC’s emergency unit will start work immediately, with our partners in the region, to begin a comprehensive assessment to understand the scale of the crisis and mobilize an appropriate response.The IRC has launched an immediate $10 million appeal and is working with governments, partners and organizations around the world to raise funds for humanitarian assistance."

About the International Rescue Committee

A global leader in humanitarian assistance, the International Rescue Committee works in more than 40 countries offering help and hope to refugees and others impacted by violent conflict and disaster. During crises, IRC teams provide health care, shelter, clean water, sanitation, learning programs for children and special aid for women. As emergencies subside, the IRC stays to revive livelihoods and help shattered communities recover and rebuild. Every year, the IRC also helps resettle thousands of refugees admitted into the United States, in 22 cities across the country.  A tireless advocate for the most vulnerable, the IRC is committed to restoring hope, dignity and opportunity. For more information, visit www.rescue.org. Follow the IRC on Twitter: @theIRC, @IRCPress.

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Lucy Carrigan (New York)
212 551 0969 / Lucy.Carrigan@Rescue.org

Oliver Money (New York)
212 551 2744 / Oliver.Money@Rescue.org

Paul Donohoe (London)
+44 (20) 7692 2739 / Paul.Donohoe@Rescue-UK.org

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