SA NGO begins Philippines relief efforts

The organisation is in Leyte province where it is helping typhoon survivors.

Gift of the Givers loading aid for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Manila, Philippines. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

PHILIPPINES - The Gift of the Givers team is traveling from one village in Leyte province to the next and are being greeted by dozens of residents who are receiving aid for the first time.

The group began a feeding scheme in the province to provide temporary relief to residents.

The villages of Santiago and Liberty in Palompon have a self-sustaining population of about 1,500 people, and most of them have now been left without means to survive after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed their crops.

Residents are still dealing with lack of shelter and intermittent rainfall over the area.

Relief efforts have begun in Leyte province. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

Doctors say most of the people they've assessed in the remote villages are suffering from fevers and severe coughs.

Some cases have escalated to pneumonia and others are suffering from diarrhea, which may have been caused by drinking water contaminated during the typhoon.

Very few homes in this area are still standing after they were destroyed by massive palm trees that were uprooted by the storm.