Local aid for Philippine typhoon victims
BATON ROUGE - Business owners in Baton Rouge area working to organize aid for people in the Philippines hit hard by a massive typhoon last week.
The owners of the Pinay Gigi Filipino Store on Choctaw, along with the Filipino-American Association of Greater Baton Rouge, are collecting money to send to the island nation.
The official death toll in the Philippines has risen to 1,774 after super typhoon Haiyan slammed into the island nation, but authorities said they expect it to climb much higher as cleanup continues. Approximately 11 million people have been impacted by the storm.
"It's really devastating that a lot of my fellowmen was affected by that," said Mercedita Jesusa with the Filipino-American Association of GBR. "And it's not like here in america... that they can get help and assistance right away."
The United Nations' humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, asked for more than $300 million in international aid today to help with relief efforts. She said U. N. Teams can't get into remote communities, and that debris and logistical problems were impacting supply lines.
To make a donation, contact the Filipino-American Association of Greater Baton Rouge at (225) 272-1445.