City asked to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

This photo released by the Malacanang Photo Bureau, shows an aerial view of Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines, after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the region on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in the Philippines. Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, slammed into several central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and hundreds of people dead. (AP Photo/Malacanang Photo Bureau, Ryan Lim)
This photo released by the Malacanang Photo Bureau, shows an aerial view of Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines, after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the region on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in the Philippines. Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, slammed into several central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and hundreds of people dead. (AP Photo/Malacanang Photo Bureau, Ryan Lim)

People in Derry have been asked to support fundrasing efforts to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Concern Worldwide’s Derry Support Group have opened an Emergency Appeal Office in the city to raise urgent funds for the millions affected by the devastating Philippines typhoon.

“We know from previous experience that people in this city respond generously in times of emergency, the response to previous crisis appeals has been overwhelming. It is no exaggeration to say that all donations at this time will save lives,” said Charlie Glen, spokesperson for Derry Concern Group.

Peter Anderson, Director of Concern Worldwide NI said: “Concern has a team on the ground. The destruction is said to be reminiscent of the Boxing Day tsunami, with food, water and electricity in extremely short supply. We can only imagine how much worse the situation will be for families living in remote towns and villages.”

Meanwhile the Red Cross ‘Shop Drop for the Philippines’ campaign was launched last Friday and is asking people to donate unwanted clothes, household items, furniture and books.

“The people of the Philippines have suffered unimaginable devastation; thousands of people have lost loved ones and hundreds of thousands have lost their homes. There is now an enormous humanitarian operation underway to provide survivors with basic shelter, sanitation and food,” Charlotte King of the Red Cross said.

People wishing to help can drop off goods at the Red Cross shop in the Diamond, and say they would like them to be sold for the Haiyan Appeal.