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Haiyan: How you can help the Philippines

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theweathernetwork.com

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 5:10 PM -

Aid is steadily pouring into the Philippines, but damaged infrastructure is making it difficult to reach those in need.

Every day, more evacuees are showing up at relief centres.

The Canadian government has pledged to match eligible donations received by December 9, 2013, provided they are:

  • Monetary
  • Made to a Canadian charity that is receiving donations in response to Typhoon Haiyan
  • Earmarked for response to Typhoon Haiyan
  • Made between November 9, 2013 and December 9, 2013

If you're interested in donating to a charity, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website to confirm it is registered with the government.

Here are a few organizations that meet the government's donation-matching criteria.

Google sets up person finder, relief map

Google has set up a person finder and relief map to help people affected by Haiyan.

Users are invited to visit the person finder website and click "I'm looking for someone" and type in a name.

People with information on an individual can use the "I have information about someone" option to input their data.

So far, more than 61,000 records have been recorded.

A mobile version is also available. A name search can be conducted via SMS by texting 2662999 (Globe), 4664999 (SMART), 22020999 (Sun), or +16508003977 with the message Search [name]. For example, to search for William, text Search William.

An embedable relief map (below) provides information on affected areas, shelters and communication posts.

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