10/20/2010 02:51 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Typhoon Megi Leaves 200,000 Homeless In The Philippines

Typhoon Megi, which swept through the northern Philippines earlier this week, has left 200,000 residents homeless, reports BBC.

The storm is the worst the nation has seen in years.

According to the BBC,

Before the storm, thousands of people were moved from low-lying areas, to avoid flash floods and landslides. Evacuation centres were stocked with food and medicines, and the weather bureau gave hourly radio updates about the path of the storm. Physical destruction has nonetheless been extensive -- thousands of homes flattened, crops destroyed and roads and bridges damaged.

Operation USA is currently preparing emergency aid shipments to victims of the typhoon.

To donate, visit their website or call 1-800-678-7255. You can also text "SMARTAID" to 50555 to donate $10 to OpUSA's disaster response in the Philippines.