Typhoon Haiyan - Nov 2013
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)
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Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, has today in light of the UN assessment of the magnitude of the catastrophe and in light of the pressing need for urgent assistance, decided to increase the Danish contribution to the victims of the disaster from the 10 million Danish Kroner that were announced Saturday to 30 million Danish Kroner in all (about 5.5 million US Dollars) to the international organisations that provide humanitarian assistance to the Philippines.
Last Friday, one of the strongest typhoons ever ravaged the Philippines, affecting the lives of 4.3 million people. As an initial rapid response, Denmark has allocated DKK 10 million for emergency aid in the hardest hit areas.
Last Friday, one of the strongest typhoons ever ravaged the Philippines, affecting the lives of 4.3 million people. According to very preliminary reports from local authorities, approximately 10,000 people died in the central Philippines as a result of the storm.
Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach says: