The images of the storm that visited the Philippines late last week are unimaginable, and the casualties, once they are tolled, will be worse. For now, the best that stunned onlookers can do is hope to help with aid and recovery.
Architecture for Humanity, a design-oriented nonprofit organization that aids in recovery efforts by working with architects local to areas visited by disasters, is mobilizing to assist the Philippines after the devastation brought by Supertyphoon Haiyan. The storm—considered to be the strongest in recorded history—bore nearly 200-mile-per-hour winds when it made landfall on Friday.
A Philippines government agency reported that the storm affected more than 4 million people across 270 cities and 36 provinces in the center of the country. Some affected people are still recovering from the effects of a powerful earthquake last month.
“We are currently in touch with local architects and partners within our network, who are helping us to identify the most critical rebuilding needs—both in the short and long term," said Eric Cesal, reconstruction and resiliency studio director of Architecture for Humanity, in a statement. "As we identify these needs, we will work with communities to build back better. Early support will allow us to begin working with communities immediately and empower local architects to drive recovery locally.”
Google has launched a crisis map and person finder for those who are seeking for people who may have been in the storm's path. CNN has compiled many more organizations offering assistance. And you can find out more on Architecture for Humanity's effort here.