PhilippinesIt has now been more than two days since massive flooding swept Philippines, mainly hitting Manila and neighboring provinces, leaving a total of 240 dead victims, 37 missing and displacing around 435 000 more. Major networks reported that a month's worth of rain fell in just six hours, flooding 80% of the capital Manila which is still submerged.

Pictures and videos of this tragedy which were transmitted and published by news networks, websites and individuals via social networks are shocking and show a state and people in total destruction, in desperate need of help.

This is where we, namely Interbasket and TalkBasket, as basketball communities, felt the need to unite and to step up and make a plea for help. As most of you know, Philippines are one of the most basketball crazed nations of the planet and we feel it is our duty to do everything possible to help fellow Filipinos. We are all citizens of the world and most importantly we are all citizens of basketball.

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Ways to help:

World wide:

Via RedCross: Direct your donations to RedCross Philippine
http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC…px?S=48&SS=972
(Choose “Typhoon Ondoy”)

You can also donate through Ayala Foundation:
https://www.myayala.com/ayalafoundat…foundation.asp

Help via the World Food Program
https://www.wfp.org/donate/ondoy

Donate via PayPal (TXTPower)
http://www.txtpower.org/2009/09/phil…n-philippines/

Via UNICEF
http://unicef.payeasy.ph/

More ways to donate (via Google)
http://www.google.com/landing/typhoon-ondoy.html

In Philippines:

Department of Social Welfare and Development donations drop-off points:

1. National Resource Operations Center, Chapel Road, Pasay City
Contact: Mrs. Francon Favian

2. Quezon City Area Disaster Resource Operations Monitoring and Info Center (DROMIC) DSWD Central Office
Contact Rey Martija or Imee Rose Castillo, Tel Nos. 951-7119, 951-2435 or Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera Tel No. 0918-934-5625

3. Manila Area (DSWD-NCR)
San Rafael corner Legarda Streets, Quiapo, Manila
Contact: Dir. Thelsa P. Biolna, Dir. Delia Bauan Tel Nos. 734-8622, 734-8642

In USA:

ANCOP Foundation USA
http://www.ancopusa.org

You may also donate through the American RedCross. CALL 1-800-435-7669
(Valid for Canadians too)

In UK:

Oxfam
https://www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/phil…oods/index.php

ANY FILIPINO AFFECTED BY THE FLOOD CAN FIND A lLIST OF SHELTERS AND/OR RELIEF CENTERS AND HOTLINES HERE:
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/173288/u…-ondoy-victims

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We extend our sincere sympathy and prayers to everyone in Philippines wishing all the best and a quick return to everyday normal life for all affected by the Ondoy Typhoon.