Super Typhoon Leaves Path of Destruction in the Philippines

Residents rush to safety past a fallen tree during strong winds brought by Typhoon Haiyan that hit Cebu city, central Philippines November 8, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon in the world this year and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land battered the central Philippines on Friday, forcing millions of people to flee to safer ground, cutting power lines and blowing apart houses. CREDIT: REUTERS/Zander Casas, courtesy

Baltimore, MD (November 8, 2013) — One of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall has slammed into the Philippines, setting off landslides, cutting off power and communications across the country, and forcing nearly 720,000 people to evacuate from towns and villages in Typhoon Haiyan’s path. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is reaching out through partners to assess the emerging needs and appropriate response in the Philippines.

Reminiscent of the powerful “Superstorm Sandy” that made landfall in the United States just over a year ago, widespread damage is anticipated in the aftermath.

Please keep the victims of this devastating storm and the people of the Philippines in your thoughts and prayers.


You can help the victims of disasters around the world, like Typhoon Haiyan, by making a financial gift to the International Emergency Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, Md. 21297-0429.


IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered more than $400 million in relief and development programs to families and communities in 50 countries.