Aid for the Philippines – Typhoon Haiyan

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Nations, corporate businesses, organizations and individuals around the world have come together to aid the Philippines…
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Although the Philippine government did not anticipate the sheer magnitude of Typhoon Haiyan their response with aid occurred and went in to action immediately.
The government underwent its largest relief operation delivering aid to tens of thousands of people. The Philippines is a chain of 7100 islands with dispersed vast settlements stretching for hundreds of miles and so the task will remain difficult. They spread out over a 1000 armed forces to help with aid.

U.N.

U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said, “we really need to scale up [the] operation.” She told reporters in Manila “It’s true, there are still areas that we have not been able to get to where people are in desperate need,”I do feel that we have let people down because we have not been able to get in more quickly.” She believes that although aid has been provided much more still needs to be done. Her office has offered $25 million in emergency relief funds. “The priority has got to be — let’s get the food in, let’s get the water in,” Amos said. “We are doing everything possible to rush assistance to those who need it. Now is the time for the international community to stand with the people of the Philippines” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

USA

The USA had provided $20 million. They initiated a massive military-driven rescue operation which included a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, George Washington along with its strike group consisting of 5,000 crew men. They took action commencing with the deliverance of water, food and medical teams. They provided more than 80 aircrafts with aims of transporting supplies and carry the injured to the George Washington for medical care.  In Tacloban, Guiuan and the Samar province Charles Drew, a Navy cargo ship along with U.S. sailors transported over 1900 gallons of water and food.
SWEDEN

Ikea, Swedish furniture chain, have done more than the world’s second-largest super power offering $2.7 million through its charitable foundation. That won’t help Beijing’s campaign to win over neighbors with its soft power.

Guam

Guam has carried out ‘Operation Guam Cares’ with hopes of raising funds to help with aid and relief in the Philippines. Other companies have generously donated money towards this campaign such as Calvo’s Enterprises [$25,000.00] and Guam Regional Medical City [$50,000.00]. The Family Finder Service has been launched by the American Red Cross-Guam Chapter. This is where families in the affected areas may request assistance in reconnecting with their loved ones.

AUSTRALIA

Australia has offered $28 million.

JAPAN

Japan, has pledged $10 million and offered to send troops, ships and planes

INDIA

The relief material of 15 tonnes sent by India includes medicines and hygiene chemicals, fresh water, water purification materials, tents, blankets, mattresses, tarpaulin and ground sheet for shelter, readymade meals, biscuits and milk powder.

UAE

$10 million for aid and relief

CHINA

China, a wealthier nation and a newcomer to overseas disaster relief has not made much of an impression according to authorities. China has donated less than $2 million in cash and materials and is unwilling to provide more. The Chinese Red Cross has provided $100,000. Zheng Yongnian, a Chinese politics expert at the National University of Singapore, gave his opinion on how this has effected China as a leading super power saying, “They still lack strategic thinking…China has missed an excellent opportunity to show itself as a responsible power and to generate goodwill.” However, regardless of YongChina had demonstrated some goodwill in offering the Philippines $80 000 during the earthquake in Bohol.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which is tracking corporate donations, had tallied more than $10.8 million in aid from dozens of firms. JOHNSONS and JOHNSONS including Fed Ex had come through with aid and relief…

HSBC                                       $1 million

JP Morgan                              $1 million

Samsung                                 $1 million

Royal Caribbean Cruises      $1 million

Toyota                                    $480 000

BP                                           $200 000

Sony                                        $150 000

Nikon                                      $100 000

Air Asia and Zest Hotels offered free flights and accommodation to aid workers
Although the flow of aid coming through to the Philippines has been difficult due to debris causing the lack of access to roads, it has been much more difficult for those who have been mob ransacked.

It is inevitable that not everyone would receive aid just as fast as others due to the widespread of islands and remoteness of villages. People have stolen from government buildings storing packages of rice and convoys for example. Many believe that this is due to the country’s ongoing struggle with crime. To help prevent future more disruption Tacloban police have imposed evening curfews.

Individuals continue to do their utmost best by initiating garage sales and charity events all over the world to help those in need of aid in the Philippines.

‘BBC News – Philippines: Aid teams face huge logistical challenges’

‘OBAMA TALKS ABOUT US PROVIDING AID FOR THE FILIPINOS’
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‘China Gives Less Aid To Philippines Than IKEA’

‘Guam organizations rally to raise relief funding for Philippines’

‘Guam mobilizes to help Philippines’

‘U.S. Marines dispatched to aid with Philippines recovery’

‘BBC News – Typhoon Haiyan: UN launches $301m Philippines aid’

‘World Food Programme provides aid to Philippines’

‘Germany vows to ‘ease the suffering’ in Philippines’

‘Israel offers typhoon aid to Philippines’

REFERENCES

http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/12/news/philippines-typhoon-donations/

http://www.blogjnj.com/2013/11/johnson-johnson-partners-offer-aid-to-philippines/

http://www.7daysindubai.com/UAE-pledges-Dhs36-million-typhoon-hit-Philippines/story-20059258-detail/story.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/typhoon-haiyan-china-aid-philippines-ikea

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/china-slammed-giving-less-typhoon-haiyan-aid-philippines-004937967.html

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand Earthquake Strikes Coast

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On the 21st of July New Zealand experienced a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. It hit at 17:09 [05:09 GMT] a depth of 6.3 miles and 35 miles [57km] off the coast south of Wellington. The earthquake was primarily reported as a 6.9 magnitude tremor and was eventually re-evaluated by the US Geological Survey.

There were no casualties or fatalities. Train schedules were disrupted, water pipes were burst, Wellington’s parliament building was damaged and power cuts were reported.

 

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Civilians working in the central city were advised to take the day off work. Celia Wade-Brown, Wellington’s mayor’s main aim is to keep the injuries to a minimum. New Zealand being located on the Pacific Ring of Fire makes it a hot spot for earthquakes and volcanic activity to occur. New Zealand experiences more than 14,000 earthquakes a year, where 20 go beyond the point of 5.0 magnitude.

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

“Quake rattles New Zealand, but no deaths reported”

{http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/21/world/asia/new-zealand-earthquake]

“New Zealand earthquake damages Wellington parliament”

[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23394409]

 

For more information about:

NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKES

http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/felt

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquakes_in_New_Zealand

http://www.stats.govt.nz/tools_and_services/earthquake-info-portal.aspx

http://mtaspiring.school.nz/Tephra/ThewhereandwhenofNZearthquakes.html

 

6.5 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE [21st JULY 2013]

http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/world/story/new-zealand-cleans-after-strong-65-quake-20130722

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1307/S00155/scoop-news-full-coverage-of-the-21-july-earthquake.htm

http://www.minedu.govt.nz/theMinistry/EmergencyManagement/EmergencyEvents/SeddonEarthquake.aspx