Millions have been affected, including hundreds of thousands who have lost their homes. The survivors need urgent help including safe water and sanitation, emergency shelter and food. WaterAid does not work in the Philippines so anyone who wants to lend their support should go to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal website. The DEC brings together emergency relief organisations and is focusing on clean water, food and emergency shelters. Preventing disasters Disasters such as the typhoon in the Philippines disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable, setting back the achievement of development goals. Water and sanitation are critical determinants for survival in the initial stages of disasters. People affected are generally much more susceptible to illness and death from diseases which are exacerbated by inadequate sanitation and a lack of clean water. WaterAid works with communities on long-term solutions to water and sanitation problems. However, in the places where we are already working we may respond to natural disasters and other emergencies if we can make a useful contribution within our areas of expertise, especially in protecting or restoring vital water and sanitation services for poor people. Many countries WaterAid operates in are particularly vulnerable as they lack the required infrastructure, disaster preparedness systems, and resources to prepare for and manage these situations. We focus on: Mitigation of disaster risk by reducing vulnerability and building resilience through our core work Working with humanitarian organisations to support the transition from emergency response to longer-term development and, where appropriate, through supporting response efforts Read more about how we achieve this in our Disasters Framework.