Philippines: Typhoon survivors celebrate Christmas one year on

from International Organization for Migration
Published on 21 Dec 2007
Survivors of Typhoon Reming / Durian will celebrate a better Christmas this year, 12 months after the storm that affected more than two million people in Bicol, washing away homes, possessions and livelihoods.

IOM, which delivered 12,750 metric tons of shelter materials, medical supplies, water and sanitation items, and other relief goods to the region in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, is now focusing on two projects to improve housing for thousands of people who lost their homes.

A top priority is improving living conditions for over 10,000 families living in overcrowded transit camps in the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur.

IOM and its partners have already completed 879 of 1,050 transitional shelters funded by the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission (ECHO).

Some 570 of the 18sqm shelters, which are constructed from coco lumber, plywood, and corrugated iron (CGI) sheets have already been handed over to homeless families.

IOM has also begun construction in Albay and Camarines Sur of 907 permanent homes, complete with water and sanitation, and five multi-purpose community centers. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID.)

For more information, please contact Mark Maulit. Email: Tel: +639215763047.

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