Super Typhoon Rai (also known as “Odette”) brought devastating winds, heavy rain and flooding across central Visayas and northern Mindanao in the Philippines Thursday last week.
The Philippine National Police estimates at least 375 dead, many more missing and 500 injured. News and social media photos show extensive damages to homes, businesses and vital infrastructure. The national government declared a state of calamity for affected areas.
“Filipinos are tough, but this super typhoon is a bitter blow for millions of people who are still recovering from devastating storms, floods and COVID-19 in the past year,” said Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon in an interview with Al Jazeera.
For survivors in Cagayan de Oro, Super Typhoon Rai hit on the 10th anniversary of Typhoon Washi (locally known as “Sendong”) that left 1,200 dead and caused billions of pesos worth of damage.
Communities across the Philippines and worldwide are coming together to assist survivors with immediate relief, rebuilding and long-term recovery. Here are some resources for how you can help:
- CDP Global Recovery Fund
Donors who give through this fund can direct their charitable contributions to this disaster by choosing “2021 Super Typhoon Rai/Odette” from the designation list. CDP supports trusted grantee partners with extensive experience and deep knowledge of local needs to maximize impact.
- Super Typhoon Odette (Rai) Disaster Profile
Stay informed about emerging and long-term needs as communities rebuild. Critical needs currently include public health, economic recovery and housing. The disaster profile highlights essential practices that donors should consider to ensure that communities get the support they need.
- Donate through Google
You can also donate to support medium- and long-term recovery in communities affected by this disaster directly through Google, which has launched a fund in partnership with CDP. Just search Cyclone Odette (or Rai) and click “Yes, Donate.” Learn more about our partnership with Google and how we are working together to provide donors worldwide the opportunity to be responsive and effective with their disaster giving.