The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that as of today, the tropical storm "Ondoy" (international codename: Ketsana) "left at least 100 people killed and nearly half a million displaced" in Metro Manila, with "damage to infrastructure and crops estimated at P109 million" according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council. There are still people missing and families who remain stranded due to heavy floods that have blocked roads and devastated their houses. Rescue and relief operations are still underway, and we can all contribute.
Now is the time to clean out your closets and donate clothes, slippers and towels the victims can use. If you can also donate bottles of drinking water, hard boiled eggs, crackers, milk and other ready-to-eat packages of food, please do.
(UPDATE: If you wish to donate, there is a shortage in items for personal hygiene such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, underwear and cleaning supplies.)
Visit the Philippine Daily Inquirer website for a list of different groups and institutions accepting donations for the "Ondoy" victims, as well as other useful information about the disaster areas. Please be careful in reposting information on where to deposit donations as there have been fake bank account numbers being spread according to online reports.
For those who cannot leave their homes but already have electricity, keep your phones and laptop batteries charged, and help spread the word through text, email and social networking sites. You can also send donations to the Philippine National Red Cross through SMS: