SA NGO en route to Philippines

Gift of the Givers will assist with the humanitarian crisis after Super Typhoon Haiyan.

A view of flattened houses along the coastal area in Tacloban on the eastern island of Leyte. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - As thousands of Filipinos mourn the victims who were killed in Super Typhoon Haiyan, South African relief group Gift of the Givers will touch down in the country to assist with the humanitarian crisis.

There are serious food, water and medical supply shortages and much of the country has become inaccessible due to the destruction of transport infrastructure by the typhoon and subsequent storm.

More than 2,000 people have already been confirmed dead.

Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman says while the main objective of this mission is to find survivors and distribute aid, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) also wants to provide moral support to victims.

"Our job is to take hope to people with humility, empathy, compassion and kindness".

He says the team will do as much as they can during their 10-day trip, but a few logistical hiccups are expected.

The NGO will travel with an estimated 700 kg of aid and supplies which will be supplemented by another shipment at a later date.

The team arrived in Abu Dhabi a short while ago and now face another 12-hour journey to the Philippines capital city of Manila.