An airlift of over 100 tones of essential aid from Ireland has just arrived in Cebu airport in the Philippines, as part of Plan Ireland’s emergency response to the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
The shipment was dispatched from the Irish Aid depot in Dubai and will be distributed to people in the worst impacted zones.
The cargo valued at over €500,000, contains 10,000 blankets, 700 tarpaulins, 880 ropes and 599 tents.
Speaking from the Philippines, Plan Ireland Emergency Response Manager, Dualta Roughneen said
“These essential articles will provide real, practical assistance to thousands of people who have been afflicted by one of the most powerful storms ever.
Tents, blankets and tarpaulins will supply those who have lost their homes with temporary shelter and refuge. However, much more is needed. There is a desperate shortage of water and basic food supplies. So Plan Ireland is urging people to back its appeal and donate anything they can.
In situations such as these, there are always logistical and security issues to overcome, but Plan Ireland is on hand to distribute the items as rapidly as possible.”
Plan Ireland has launched an emergency appeal, seeking donations to help with the emergency effort. Donations can be made at www.plan.ie or by calling 1800 829 829.
Plan has been working in the Philippines for more than 50 years in over 400 communities, it has an extensive experience of responding to natural disasters in this country.