Yesterday, the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines prompted blackouts, landslides, and flooding, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate to higher, safer grounds.
Among the current estimates of at least 20 missing and 1 dead, power and communication have also been severely disrupted, leaving thousands of Filipinos , particularly those most vulnerable along the coast, without access information.
EnviroNews has been working around the clock to ensure that communities get the news and information they need to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
Internews, the Earth Journalism Network, and its partner, EnviroNews, has been putting your dollars to work immediately by piloting the Frontline SMS news service, which harnesses the power and reach of mobile phones and social media to ensure that timely news reaches affected populations in real time. Your donation has made this effort possible, making sure that those affected by the typhoon get the help they urgently need.
Before, during, and after the Typhoon hit, we used the SMS platform to send the most up to date information about Typhoon Utor, locally known as “Typhoon Labuyo.” Integrating power of mobile phones and a twitter feed, which runs live on the EnviroNews homepage, together we were able to extend the reach of accurate and timely news and information to even the most remote regions of the Philippines.
But there is still lots of work to be done, and challenges that remain. Many people are without power, and the communication infrastructure has been badly damaged. For thousands of people across the Philippines, a mobile phone or twitter feed can also be a lifeline to answer critical questions such as “Is it safe to go outside?” “What is the extent of the damage?” and “Where can I go to get help?” In order to continue to provide this much needed service, EnviroNews needs you to help in any way you can – tell your friends and family about our project, post about it on your Facebook wall or Twitter page, and continue to donate. Now more than ever, your contributions are critical.
As we continue to assess the damage and monitor new developments, we will keep you up to date and informed on our project. Thank you again for all you do for our cause.
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