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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(Ottawa, May 8, 2014) Six months on from the devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines, millions of people remain in a precarious situation. The Canadian Red Cross is committed to supporting long-term needs of survivors and will work alongside Red Cross partners in undertaking a holistic and integrated approach to the recovery operation.
More than three months after many communities in the Philippines were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, the Canadian Red Cross has concluded its emergency health response, handing over the field hospital deployed in November 2013 to the Philippine Red Cross.
On the morning of October 15, 2013, a deadly magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the Central Visayas islands in the Philippines. The Philippine Red Cross immediately began relief efforts, providing assistance to the impacted communities. The quake has been described as the strongest to strike the Philippines in more than two decades. It's also been described as one of the worst emergencies and disasters to occur recently, leaving 195 people dead, 651 injured and 12 missing.
Matt Hewett was among those who deployed to the Philippines in those early days of the emergency response after Typhoon Haiyan caused significant damage in the country. He’s an Information Services Manager with the Canadian Red Cross, which at first glance may not sound like a typical career path for a humanitarian worker. However, information management is critical when it comes to coordinating a large-scale response and ensuring the right aid is delivered to those who need it the most.
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan created widespread destruction across the Philippines, leaving a devastating impact that affected 16 million people. Two months later, the Red Cross continues to support affected individuals.
Violence often increases during and after disasters and emergencies. In times of crisis, individuals and communities may lose their regular coping mechanisms while they experience the overwhelming stress that is present in the aftermath of a disaster. These tensions and experiences may erupt into violence directed towards others, self-harm, or manifest in long-term psychological trauma.
The delivery ward is an exciting place in any hospital, but in the Red Cross' emergency response unit field hospital in Ormoc, Philippines, delivering 100 babies in the first 10 days since opening has kept the team of midwives on their toes.
Emotions ran high as Mark Joseph Nuez sat on a folding chair under a Red Cross tent, on what used to be the lawn of the Ormoc District Hospital, the only fully public hospital on the island of Leyte, home to 190,000 people. The 21-year-old student was just about to become a new dad, as his wife Phoebe, also 21, was labouring inside the Red Cross field hospital’s delivery tent.
Today, doctors treated their first patients in the Canadian Red Cross emergency field hospital in the Philippines.
“Our teams on the ground have been working around the clock to get the hospital going,” says Conrad Sauvé, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross, who has recently returned from the Philippines. “Now that this hospital is in place, we will be able to cover the health needs of a population of more than 100,000 people.”
A huge cheer goes up as the Philippine Red Cross relief truck slowly rounds the corner of the main street of Tanuan. More than a thousand people have been lining up patiently for over an hour, waiting for food packets that will sustain them through the next few days.
(Ottawa, Nov. 13, 2013) – Today, the Canadian Red Cross will deploy its field hospital to the Philippines, to provide basic health and surgical care to communities affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The devastating storm has disrupted water, sanitation and basic health services for millions of people.