Tropical Storm Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines) initially formed in Micronesia, then gained strength, continued west and made its first landfall at 4:40 a.m. on 8 Nov 2013 in Guiuan municipality of the Philippines' Eastern Samar province. (OCHA, 8 Nov 2013) Initial reports estimated that 4.3 million people were affected in 36 provinces. The Government accepted the UN offer of international assistance. (OCHA, 9 Nov 2013)
The number of affected people rose to 14 million across nine regions, including 4 million people who remained displaced from their homes. Humanitarian partners presented on 10 Dec the Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Typhoon Haiyan, which requested US$791 million to complement the Government-led response and recovery efforts over the next 12 months. (OCHA, 10 Dec 2013) The typhoon ended up becoming the deadliest event of 2013 in the Asia-Pacific, killing more than 6,000 people. (OCHA, 31 Dec 2013)
One year on, the Government-led response is focused on recovery and long-term development. About 25,000 people still live in transitional sites and require inter-sectoral assistance. In addition, around 95,000 households (475,000 people) are estimated to be living in unsafe or inadequate makeshift shelters, and are considered highly vulnerable because of their limited ability to recover without further assistance. (OCHA, 31 Oct 2014)
Appeals & Funding
- Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Early Recovery, Livelihoods and Agriculture Plan, March-November 2014
- Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Strategic Response Plan, November 2013 – November 2014
- How you can help people in need
- Govt. of the Philippines: Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH)
- Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC)
- Philippines Official Gazette - Updates typhoon Yolanda
- Use and follow Twitter #YolandaPH
- GDACS/UNOSAT Live Map
- Typhoon Yolanda Geonode: Yolandadata.org
- DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) Disaster Situation Response Map
- Google Typhoon Yolanda Relief Map
Snapshot 25–31 March 2015
Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.
In the Philippines, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Typhoon Haiyan recovery operation in the Central Visayas and Palawan is targeting 500,000 vulnerable people as they restore their homes and livelihoods. The operation, one of the largest and most complex yet mounted by the movement, has 17 in-country partners supporting the work of the Philippine Red Cross, including the IFRC and ICRC. See the latest recovery programme targets and achievements (March 2015).
The unequal distribution of aid following typhoon Haiyan has caused social divisions and feelings of resentment among some Filipinos
“Look at my house – it’s like a pigsty! My neighbours are lucky. They get to live as human beings, while this — this is for pigs.” In Cando’s community, where shanties display identical wooden walls and shiny white iron roofs, his house sticks out, looking askew and incomplete. His walls are sheets of corrugated iron tied together with a plastic tarpaulin as a makeshift roof, making the interiors stiflingly hot.
March 20, 2015, Manila -On March 9, the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided an additional Php63 million and school equipment for post-disaster education needs in 19 municipalities in Iloilo, Capiz and Bohol.
Snapshot 18-24 March 2015
Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.
Los Angeles nongovernmental organization Operation USA partners with Honeywell to rebuild school damaged by typhoon
Los Angeles, Calif., March 24, 2015—Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, in partnership with Honeywell, today announces the grand opening of the Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, in the Philippines. The community school replaces a facility damaged by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013.
On response to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, which hit the Philippines in November 2013, the 13 member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) set up a multi-year recovery programme for the disaster-affected communities. This has involved activities from emergency life-saving aid in the aftermath of the storm to longer-term recovery work based largely on restoring housing and livelihoods for the affected communities.
In the Philippines, isolated and disadvantaged communites who survived Typhoon Haiyan are still in need of relief aid. Larger response gaps persist in Western Leyte, which requires more attention than Tacloban and surrounding municipalities. Food distributions are ongoing and remain a priority need. Food prices remain inflated and thousands of people still don’t have the financial means to buy food or have sufficient access to markets. As the emergency phase transitions into early recovery, increasing emphasis is being placed on cash for work and cash transfer programmes.
MANILA, March 19 -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released an initial P400 million to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for their Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP) under the National Greening Program.
The amount, representing 40 percent of the total P1.0-billion funding requirement of the project as recommended by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC), will be charged against the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (RRP) under the FY 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
MANILA, March 18 -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P8 billion to the National Housing Authority (NHA), as part of the National Government’s continuing rehabilitation and recovery of areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda last November 2013.
Snapshot 11–17 March 2015
Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.
Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.
Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman met with World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin over the weekend to explore ways to further enhance the partnership of the Philippines and the WFP in disaster preparedness and support for communities in Central Mindanao. WFP Philippines Country Director Praveen Agrawal was also in the meeting.
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, 13 March (PIA6) – At least four kinds of Japan – based emergency and rehabilitation assistance were received by the municipal government of Panay in the aftermath of supertyphoon Yolanda in the province.
This was revealed by Panay town mayor Dante Bermejo in an interaction with local mediamen during the ceremonial turnover of 5,800 sacks of rice from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries to the Philippine government thru the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) at Panay town civic center.
The Director’s Letter
Col. Joseph Martin, USAF
Manila, Philippines | | Wednesday 3/11/2015 - 10:05 GMT
The disaster-haunted Philippines is likely to be hit by stronger typhoons this year as warming ocean surfaces contribute to a dry spell, the state weather service warned Wednesday.
The Asian archipelago, whipped by about 20 typhoons and storms each year, is now in the grips of the "El Nino" phenomenon that can make storms "stronger" and more "erratic", weather service chief Vicente Malano said.
It must have seemed like history was repeating itself when just over a year after Typhoon Yolanda caused catastrophic damage in the Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) first alerted the population to another oncoming Typhoon. Predicted to take the same path as Yolanda, Typhoon Ruby was gaining strength as it slowly twisted its way west across the Pacific ocean towards the east coast of the Philippines.
Iraq: 26,000 people have fled fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi security forces in Tikrit for Samarra. Food, shelter, health and WASH needs are priorities. More than 100 families have arrived in Al Dour, located between Tikrit and Samarra, and thousands have fled to central and southern governorates.
South Sudan: Heavy fighting between government and opposition was reported in Upper Nile state, and government troops took control of Wadakona town. Many civilians are reported trapped. Peace talks have collapsed.
A total of 1, 332 homes that were repaired and constructed by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and Norwegian Red Cross were officially turned over to family beneficiaries from Balangiga and Luwaan, Eastern Samar on March 9, 2015. The shelter project is part of the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement’s recovery program for families and individuals who were affected by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
Lessons from Yolanda
ACF Provides Assistance in Typhoon Ruby-Affected Areas
Rosa May de Guzman Maitem
DOLORES, Eastern Samar–With the images of devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda still fresh in their minds, the people of Dolores, a low-lying coastal town in Eastern Samar, prepared for the worst three days ahead of Typhoon Ruby’s (international name Hagupit) landfall in the central Philippines in December 2014.