CSUN community reactions to typhoon disaster in Philippines

Michelle Dominguez

President Dianne F. Harrison shared her condolences toward the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan to the CSUN community via email Tuesday.

Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines four days ago, has a projected death toll of 10,000 people and has displaced more than 600,000. The giant waves were some of the strongest ever recorded and has destroyed hundreds of coastal villages.

Around 90 U.S. Marines and sailors have aided survivors as a first wave of defense and the U.S. have also provided military cargo planes filled with food, medical supplies and water.

Other U.S. aid groups have begun multimillion-dollar relief campaigns, like World Vision. The U.N. Central Emergency Response Funds has given $25 million in aid relief last Monday.

In her email, Harrison expressed her feelings towards the horrific and unfortunate disaster.

“Student, California is home to one of the largest Filipino communities outside of the country, so it is especially important for our campus community to express support and concern for the people of the Philippines, the victims of the disaster, and their family and friends, including those who are part of our local and CSUN community,” Harrison said.

Harrison also wrote that those who wish to support the relief and recovery efforts in the country can do so through local efforts and popular relief organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

“As a campus community that has experienced first-hand the devastation of a natural disaster, our hearts go out to those impacted by the typhoon,” Harrison said.