Disaster Victims

Disaster Victims

7.6 Earthquake Hits Mexico

An 7.6 earthquake has struck near Acapulco in Southern Mexico at 11:02 a.m. according to the U.S. Geological Society.

The Associated Press reports that the 'strong, long' earthquake was felt in Mexico City, about 235 miles north of the coastal city.

mexico earthquake

Shortly after the quake struck, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebard took to Twitter, saying "tenemos sismo," or "we have an earthquake."


Mexican President Felipe Calderon wrote in his Twitter account that there has been no casualties after the earthquake jolted the country.

Mexico Earthquake

Calderon said neither casualties nor severe damages have been reported, adding that electricity lines and health services were working.

"It has been a strong alarm, but so far, we haven't had any victims or large damages," he wrote.

Indiana Storm Destroys Town

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Tornadoes have left widespread damage in southern Indiana and a sheriff's official says at least one town of about 1,900 people is "completely gone."

National Weather Service coordinator Bill Whitlock there's "extreme damage" in the area of Henryville, a town of about 3,000 people just north of the Kentucky border. Destruction can be seen for miles and a school district spokeswoman says heavy damage has been reported at Henryville High school.

Clark County Sheriff's Department Maj. Chuck Adams says the nearby town of Marysville is "completely gone."

Indiana Tornado

Officials say they've had difficulty confirming reports due to downed power and telephone lines, but the death toll is rising as of tonight to 14 people, in the aftermath of a series of tornadoes that ripped through southern Indiana. 

Gov. Mitch Daniels said he plans to tour storm-damaged areas on Saturday.

“Once again, Mother Nature has dealt harshly with Indiana. Our every thought is with those we’ve lost and those who have suffered. We’ve learned so much and improved so much in disaster preparedness, warning systems and responder communications, but still we are no match for Mother Nature at her worst. We’re hopeful that we know the full extent of the damage, but it will be (Saturday) before we can give a final report with any confidence," Daniels said.



You can help tens of thousands of children and their families with your gift of support to immediately ship PHARMACEUTICALS TO THE PHILIPPINES!

As flood waters hinder rescue efforts, Help The Children is preparing to ship emergency medicine and equipment to the seriously sick and injured children and their families in the Philippines.


Just ten dollars will help us buy and transport hundreds of dollars of life-saving medications for these hurting people!  That’s right!  Only ten dollars will save lives now!

The devastation is real!  As many as 10,000 people are feared dead, and more than 600,000 are displaced, and countless people injured after the deadly Typhoon Haiyan struck on November 8 and 9, leaving a wake of unthinkable destruction.

Help the Children is poised to provide massive quantities of the medications most needed by the local hospitals and the visiting medical teams that are coming from all over the world.  Our relationship with a number of pharmaceutical companies have given us the ability to make a bulk purchase of some of the most needed medications, and direct them to the medical personnel on the ground so that they can effectively serve the sick and injured.

We have stepped out in faith by ordering enough medications for tens of thousands of people, and are ready to send them on the way to the Philippines, so they will arrive as quickly as possible.

We need your help now!  Your gift of only $10 dollars to Help the Children will cover the costs. 
Remember, for every $10 you give, Help the Children will be able to acquire hundreds of dollars of pharmaceuticals for the severely injured, sick, and needy children and their families in the Philippines.

GIVE NOW! Please donate using the form on the right side of this page so we can release these medications and help save lives!

December 2010

Over 120,000 people in the Philippines are in need, after devastating flash floods have drowned hundreds of people in two southern Philippine cities. Twelve hours of heavy rain from a tropical storm swelled rivers and sent walls of water crashing into homes in the Mindanao region late on Friday night, wiping out entire families while they slept.philippines-typhoon-victims-dead

Unidentified typhoon victims, inside coffins and body bags, lie near a road awaiting identification by their relatives near Iligan city on Dec. 20, 2011.(Photo to left: Erik De Castro / Reuters

Disaster relief agencies are being called to send disaster relief supplies immediately. The people of the Philipines are in desperate need of food, water, and medicine. Much of the flood devastation took place in a remote village, making the delivery of disaster relief supplies that much more difficult, but we at Help the Children are determined to get help to the Philippine flood victims. We encourage any and all donations to this urgent cause and thank you for your support.Philippines flood coffins

Philippine Navy personnel arrange coffins that will be shipped with other relief goods to flood-stricken Cagayan De Oro and Iligan cities on board a navy ship in Manila, Philippines on Dec. 20, 2011. (Photo to right: Aaron Favila / AP



Red Cross Confirms 750 Dead After Philippine Floods

Philippine Flood Victims

Over 120,000 people in the Philippines are in desperate need, following the devastating floods that swept through the region Satuday morning. Today 750 people have been confirmed dead and another 500 still missing.

Disaster relief agencies are being urged to send disaster relief supplies immediately. The Philipines flood victims need food, water, and medicine. Much of the flood devastation took place in a remote village, making the delivery of disaster relief supplies that much more difficult. About 40,000 people on Mindanao are living in evacuation centers after losing their homes and possessions.

Although the Philippines is struck by tropical storms every year, Mindanoa usually escapes the worst damage and didn't have the same disaster relief system in place as the rest of the country. While other parts of the Philippines have detailed plans of what to do if a strong storm or typhoon happens, it appears that the people of Mindanoa were not only caught off guard while sleeping, but also unprepared to deal with the aftermath of the floods.

With the mounting death toll, Philippine officials are now resorting to mass graves to bury the deceased. Strict guidelines would have to be followed for mass burials, including photographing corpses and listing identifying marks, said Philippine Red Cross chief Gwendolyn Pang.

The flash floods struck in the early hours of Saturday as a passing tropical storm coincided with high tides. As rivers burst their banks, many were trapped in their homes while in other areas entire villages are reported to have been swept away.

To make matters worse, many surmise that the large number of reported deaths can be attributed to late night Christmas parties and people being sound asleep when the floods took their toll on the Philippines.