NC group details Philippines devastation first hand
MANILA, Philippines — A team of North Carolinians from the Christian international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is in the Philippines to assist with disaster relief efforts.
The leader of Samaritan’s Purse, Patrick Seger, told WTVD-TV that via Skype that the damage is extensive and entire cities are missing in some areas.
“Many areas hardest hit are without electricity, without water, they are without food. These people are really struggling at this point and need everything,” he said.
Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian humanitarian organization based out of Boone. Seger said he has responded to a number of disasters through working with the group. He said this one ranks near the top.
The Philippine Red Cross estimated at least 1,200 people were killed by Haiyan. Sharee Tan, the governor of Samar province, reported 370 dead and 2,000 missing in her province alone.