Typhoon Haiyan: Locals spring to action over Filipino catastrophe

Brimbank residents and service organisations have been quick to act following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, sending goods and medical supplies to the Philippines.

The municipality has strong ties with the Philippines, with census figures showing 2.9 per cent of Brimbank residents, 5221 people, were born in the nation.

At least 2300 people were killed and a further 6.9 million may be affected as a result of the typhoon that hit the southern Philippines on November 8.

A spokesman said Brimbank council was preparing a public message of condolence to the local Filipino community.

The Rotary Club of Brimbank Central has sent shipments of goods and $3000 to typhoon-ravaged Bayas Island and Iloilo.

“This island area was completely destroyed. The people are without food, water and shelter,” president-elect Bert Mom said.

“We are also collecting goods which can be used in the reconstruction of housing and sending clothing and other supplies.’’

Mr Mom said shipments would be distributed by Rotary clubs in the Philippines.

‘‘The typhoon really caused great havoc and distress for the local communities, with extensive damage,’’ he said. “It’s hard to imagine the devastation, but we have received positive feedback for the help we have provided.’’

Mr Mom said the club was seeking sponsors for another container-full of goods to be sent to Iloilo.

He said members were also keen to work with local Filipino groups.

‘‘We’ll continue wherever possible to support the efforts of the Philippines community in Melbourne when these disasters happen,’’ he said.

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