We've all seen the news reports of devastation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan's (called Yolanda in the Phillipines) arrival in the early morning hours of December 8th. The storm, the largest typhoon on record left thousands dead, tens of thousands displaced and left a trail of misery and suffering behind.
For Typhoon Haiyan, we looked at animal numbers before the disaster and combined that with impact area. We talk to our contacts on the ground in the early hours and days and then coordinate with other organisations helping people. Together, this helped us form an initial picture of where the need is greatest for animals.
A map showing animal densities on the islands of Cebu and Bantayan
If you look at this map, you can see where the winds were most intense when Haiyan ripped accross the Philippines. This is a very simplified way of demostrating the decisions that went into deciding where our help can make the most impact.
Other parts of the Visayas are in terrible situations as well, and we will shortly be joined by teams from our Latin American offices and India coming out to help them as well.
Thanks to your help, we can be here for the animals and their owners in the wake of one of the worst disaters ever.