Church World Service (CWS) is appealing to donors for contributions to support relief efforts for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which has killed as many as 10,000 people in the Philippines. The devastation it caused has been described as “absolute bedlam” by the BBC.

Hardest hit is the central Philippine city of Tacloban, which is said to be flattened and where hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. The damage to airports and roads is hampering initial relief efforts, the BBC said.

While much focus already has been put on Tacloban, the BBC reported that cities and towns in other parts of the Philippines are also facing huge losses, with the city of Baco, in the Oriental Mindoro province, for example, largely under water, according to reports from U.N. humanitarian workers.

Haiyan weakened to a tropical storm as it made landfall near the Vietnam-China border.

CWS will support early response and recovery efforts of fellow members of the ACT Alliance that have significant operations in the Philippines, including the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Lutheran World Relief, Christian Aid and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.

Initial response activities likely will focus on material resource provision, emergency shelter items, drinking water and cash-for-work programs. CWS also will provide technical support to members of the Asia Disaster Response and Recovery Network.

While the impact of the weakened typhoon in Vietnam has yet to be fully assessed, CWS will respond there with recovery support if it is needed.

CWS say donations for emergency response efforts may be sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, Attn. Typhoon Haiyan (#700-M), P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

For further information about disasters to which CWS is responding, please visit or call 800-297-1516.