With winds over 300 kilometers per hour, Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest “Super Typhoons” of the last decade and one of the largest ever recorded, producing a six-meter storm surge that destroyed homes and affected the lives of millions of people. Several thousand deaths have already been confirmed, with many more projected. As many as 4 million people are still impacted, as many areas remain cut off by flooding and landslides.
The storm destroyed at least 80,000 homes, according to the latest Philippine government accounting. Although estimates of the number left homeless vary, the Philippine government puts the number at more than 582,000.
To support the immediate disaster relief operations in the Philippines, SAP will make a corporate donation to Mercy Relief in Singapore. Mercy Relief’s first response team is already on the ground and well positioned to support those who have the greatest need at this time. SAP’s funding has been earmarked to provide food, shelter, and safe drinking water to displaced victims. In addition, SAP will match employee donations to the SAP Solidarity Fund. Established following September 11, 2001, the Solidarity Fund is as a mechanism to pool employee donations and respond to disaster quickly and collectively.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by this horrific event.