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Video: Plan staff documents Typhoon Haiyan as it strikes the Philippines

Words do this storm no justice

This shocking eyewitness footage of Typhoon Haiyan slamming into the Philippines was captured by Plan staff member, Nickson Gensis. Gensis had taken refuge from the storm on the second floor of a house less than a few hundred metres from sea. It was here where he witnessed the house next to him get washed away.

After weathering the storm, Gensis went to work, travelling around the area to assess the damage to villages. "I realized as I was taking notes while talking to people that I was shaking."

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Since Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest storms on record – hit the Philippines, thousands of people have lost their lives and officials fear the death toll will continue to rise. Getting clean drinking water, food, medical supplies and shelter to children and families who survived the typhoon are our immediate priorities.

Plan’s emergency teams are on the ground and responding to the needs of children and families affected by the storm. Plan has worked in the Philippines for more than 50 years and we are doing everything we can to provide life-saving support like food, water, healthcare, shelter, sanitation and protection for vulnerable children and families. Donate to Plan’s emergency relief fund

In pictures: the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan
  • Families carefully tread over the ruins, searching for missing family and friends, and trying to salvage lost possessions.

    Families carefully tread over the ruins, searching for missing family and friends, and trying to salvage lost possessions.

  • It's estimated that Typhoon Haiyan has displaced over 4.3 million people, leaving them to seek refuge in makeshift shelters.

    It's estimated that Typhoon Haiyan has displaced over 4.3 million people, leaving them to seek refuge in makeshift shelters.

  • Debris strewn across the ground on the road to Tacloban city.

    Debris strewn across the ground on the road to Tacloban city.

  • Children walk among the damage, carrying home emergency relief items to their families.

    Children walk among the damage, carrying home emergency relief items to their families.

  • One of Plan's emergency response team members carries two children to the evacuation centre in Kambal, Eastern Samar.

    One of Plan's emergency response team members carries two children to the evacuation centre in Kambal, Eastern Samar.

  • Hundreds of people take refuge in St. Redemtorist church, which has now turned into an evacuation centre for displaced people.

    Hundreds of people take refuge in St. Redemtorist church, which has now turned into an evacuation centre for displaced people.

  • As supplies arrive into the Philippines, Plan staff unload skids of relief items for distribution in Tacloban city.

    As supplies arrive into the Philippines, Plan staff unload skids of relief items for distribution in Tacloban city.

  • Plan is working with USAID to distribute urgently needed relief supplies to children and families in Tacloban City.

    Plan is working with USAID to distribute urgently needed relief supplies to children and families in Tacloban City.

  • Plan staff distribute water and hygiene kits in the city of Tacloban.

    Plan staff distribute water and hygiene kits in the city of Tacloban.

  • This 8-year-old girl and her family fled up a small hill to an evacuation centre. When they returned, all but 1 house in their village was destroyed.

    This 8-year-old girl and her family fled up a small hill to an evacuation centre. When they returned, all but 1 house in their village was destroyed.

  • Blue tarpaulins and water and sanitation kits have been distributed by Plan in Eastern Samar.

    Blue tarpaulins and water and sanitation kits have been distributed by Plan in Eastern Samar.

  • With around 25,000 births expected each month in the affected areas, pregnant women require access to birth kits.

    With around 25,000 births expected each month in the affected areas, pregnant women require access to birth kits.

  • Plan is distributing hygiene kits which include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and hygiene essentials.

    Plan is distributing hygiene kits which include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and hygiene essentials.

  • Right now, more than a million children are displaced, many separated from their families. Plan will be providing psychosocial support and protection for children affected.

    Right now, more than a million children are displaced, many separated from their families. Plan will be providing psychosocial support and protection for children affected.

Plan is a member of the Canadian Humanitarian Coalition, and its responding as part of the Coalition’s Typhoon Haiyan joint appeal to Canadians. Together saving more lives.

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