Trying to contact loved ones in the Philippines? Here are a few ways to start your search
Editor’s note: This post has been updated at 11:29 a.m. EST, Wednesday, to include links to survivor lists.
The devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan has left hundreds of thousands displaced in the Philippines. In the province of Leyte, which was in the storm’s direct path when it hit on Friday, there is still an undetermined number of missing. Tacloban, the capital of the province with a population of 220,000, lies in ruins with electricity yet to be restored.
For Filipino-Americans living in the United States, contacting relatives overseas has been difficult. PBS NewsHour will round up the best ways to begin your search.
According to Lynette Lim, Asia communications manager at Save the Children, two of the best ways to look for missing people are through the Google People Finder and the Red Cross. – Google People Finder is a social tool that relies on information provided by the searchers, and those who have information on people on the ground in the Philippines. Once on the website, you can enter the name of the person you are looking for in the Philippines.
- The Red Cross has multiple resources to find missing family members affected by disaster. Email the Philippine Red Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tweet them @philredcross, using the hashtag #TracingPH. Call the office in Manila at 011-632-527-0000. And for more information, go to the section of their website on finding family internationally after crisis. In each instance, provide the name and address of the person you are looking for.
If you are looking for loved ones and have had success through an organization or a church in the Philippines, for example, please leave a comment below. Perhaps your story will help others who are still looking.
We’ll add more information on organizations tracking survivors to this post as it becomes available.
Philippine newspaper the Sun Star has compiled a list of survivors from Tacloban.
The Philippines-based GMA Network has posted on their Facebook page photos of Typhoon Haiyan survivors.
- Jersey City Filipinos band together to help typhoon victims