Nov 11, 2013
By Scott Walker
The Canadian government is offering assistance to the Philippines after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan has created a dire health crisis.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will contribute five million dollars to relief efforts, and will match private donations to registered charities dollar for dollar.
Ottawa is also preparing to make a decision on sending a disaster response team to the area that can provide a services such as emergency medical care and clean water.
Meanwhile, survivors of Haiyan are pleading for food and medicine as the Philippines struggle to cope with the disaster. Some of the worst-hit areas are cut off, with blocked roads and damaged airports, making it impossible for relief workers to bring in aid.
About 950 people are confirmed dead, but that number is expected escalate sharply, because many of the worst-hit areas are still cut off.
Haiyan has been downgraded, but it is still packing high winds as it hits Vietnam.