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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Houses and lands are restored, fishermen got new boats. But there was also attention to psychosocial support and land rights. A year after the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines we see that the local partners of ICCO and Kerk in Actie have already done a lot of work for the victims.
All assistance was aimed to enable people as quickly as possible to rebuild their own lives. This infographic gives an overview of what ICCO and Kerk in Actie have achieved in one year.
Billy de la Rosa, coordinates the emergency aid for ICCO and Kerk in Actie after typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. He arrived within a week after the typhoon and has been supporting the victims in rebuilding their lives since then. De la Rosa looks back at a hectic and intensive year.
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"The people in the Philippines are having a rough time. In many areas it rains continuously. Temporary shelter provides insufficient protection and the risk of disease increases. Due to the large demand for goods, the local prices for food and building materials rose sharply." These are the words of Billy de la Rosa, from ICCO and Kerk in Actie. He is responsible for relief and reconstruction aid for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Hayan) in the Philippines.
ICCO and Kerk in Actie work with local partners and the international ACT network towards relief and rehabilitation of the affected areas in the Philippines
The Dutch national campaign to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan yesterday has raised over 18 million Euros. Marinus Verweij, chairman of the Executive Board of ICCO, was pleased with this amount, that now will be divided amongst the 11 member organizations.
ICCO and Kerk in actie are one of the member organizations that initiated this national event. At this moment it’s not clear yet which amount they will receive, because the campaign is not closed yet.
ICCO and Kerk in Actie made 300,000 euros available for relief and reconstruction in the areas affected by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This assistance is provided through local partner organizations, with whom we have structural economic projects, and through the international ACT network.
Partner PRDCI is providing relief goods to about 950 families in Batad and its neighbouring towns in the province of Iloilo. Goal is to enable the Philippine families to focus on rebuilding their homes and livelihood with enough food for at least 3 days.
ICCO partner PRDCI is currently preparing to provide relief goods to about 950 families in Batad and its neighbouring towns in the province of Iloilo. Goal is to enable the Philipine families to focus on rebuilding their homes and livelihood with enough food for at least 3 days.
To maximize human resources PRDCI is collaborating with the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, Iloilo, Code NGOs and Christian Aid. Volunteers such as students and PO leaders from non-affected areas will be mobilized for the packing and distribution of relief goods.