Karen L. Nyberg, an astronaut aboard the International |
Space Station captured this photo of Super-Typhoon Haiyan
from space on Nov. 9, 2013. Credit: NASA/ISS/Karen Nyberg
Initial reports estimated that as many as 10,000 people were killed and thousands injured by the powerful storm. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III is now quoted as saying the initial estimate was "too much".
Many governments and organizations are coming to the aide of the people of Philippines in the wake of the storm. Among them are several cruise lines who employee many Filipinos on their staffs, many of whom have been away from their families and friends for many months. This is a hard time for those separated from their loved ones.
Our thoughts go out to those affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. We are working with World Vision to provide humanitarian relief. Learn more and find out how you can help: http://bit.ly/16Z6xiZ
Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara passengers can contribute online at worldvision.org/royalcaribbean and www.worldvision.org/azamaraclubcruises. The company said its efforts to help the people of the Philippines would total $1 million.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE
We have been in constant contact with our partners in Manila, who are actively reaching out to contact crew members and their families ..
"All of us at Carnival and the Miami HEAT extend our deepest sympathy to the Philippines and its people," Arison said. "The typhoon in the Philippines has caused massive destruction, and is having a tragic impact on people and families, including those members of our extended Carnival family who reside in the region. We are in the process of evaluating a variety of worthy organizations that are doing fantastic work in the Philippines. In addition to providing financial support for relief efforts, our collective thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted."
Philippines Government Gazette
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Filipino community currently in the country, on cruise ships, or elsewhere across the globe.