How to help donate to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

Jesse Michaels
·Senior News Editor
An aerial image taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Authorities said at least 2 million people in 41 provinces had been affected by Friday's disaster and at least 23,000 houses had been damaged or destroyed. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
An aerial image taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Authorities said at least 2 million people in 41 provinces had been affected by Friday's disaster and at least 23,000 houses had been damaged or destroyed. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

With reports of more than 10,000 estimated casualties, and an excess of 9 million people affected in the Philippines, “super typhoon” Haiyan is said to be one of the most devastating storms ever to hit landfall.

The Red Cross and other agencies say they expect the number of casualties and total damage to soar as Haiyan is thought likely to return to category 5 status again.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement on Saturday saying that Canada is standing by to assist in any way it can.

"Our officials in Ottawa and at our mission in Manila continue to closely monitor the situation, and remain in contact with relevant local officials and humanitarian partners.

"I am keenly aware of all the Filipino-Canadians anxiously waiting for news on their loved ones."

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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Saturday that Canada would provide as much as $5 million to support humanitarian organizations helping typhoon victims.

Baird tweeted on Saturday that he spoke to the Filipino ambassador to Canada to offer the sympathy of Canadians.

GlobalMedic, based out of Toronto is working to provide clean water to Haiyan victims. “Those people are vulnerable,” GlobalMedic’s Rahul Singh told the Toronto Sun. “And clean water is essential in order to prevent a secondary catastrophe.”

How you can help:

  • Donate to the Canadian Red Cross' Typhoon Haiyan fund

  • CARE teams are on the ground in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines and CARE plans to provide emergency relief to thousands of families.

  • Save the Children is directing donations to help children in the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos

  • UNICEF is accepting donations to directly assist the children affected by Haiyan

(With files from The Canadian Press and Yahoo News)