Philippines Flood August 2012
The last few days in the Philippines is a test for Filipino spirit. Thanks to social media, it has never been easier to seek help and rescue in times of crisis using crowd-sourcing. In fact, hashtags helped rescue and relief efforts in many ways. Technology also helped in bringing more awareness of flood risks. Websites like NOAH and nababaha.com helped in preparation and crisis management while Google People Finder helped in getting crowd-sourced emergency information.
About 90% of Metro Manila was flooded and nearby provinces suffered the same fate due to prolonged torrential rains enhanced by south-west monsoon, displacing many people in low lying areas and left many people homeless.
It’s never too late to donate
For international donations for Philippines Flood victims, you can’t go wrong in donating to Philippine Red Cross. There is a PayPal donate link in the donation page and other methods of donation as well.
For in-kind donation please follow their instruction in shipping goods:
- Send a letter of intent to donate to the PRC.
- A letter of acceptance from PRC shall be sent back to the donor.
- Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to Philippine Red Cross – National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 1018, Philippines.
— Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) August 8, 2012
— pia cayetano (@piacayetano) August 10, 2012
If you are in the Philippines you may want to bring your donations in any of these relief/donation areas.
View 2012 August – Donation Center Map in a larger map
I struggled to look for an infographic to include in this post but I finally found the best one. See below. I also featured the links from the infographics and made them clickable:
http://x.co/phflood1 – Philippine Red Cross
http://x.co/phflood2 – LBC Foundation
http://x.co/phflood4 – Google Crisis Map: Philippine Flood August 2012