Survivors Journey towards Recovery
PHILIPPINES -- November 2015 marks the second year since Super Typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan), the category five typhoon that swept across central Philippines; leaving over 6,000 people dead, thousands more missing and severely affecting the lives of at 15 million others. Loss of homes, assets, livelihoods and infrastructures were widespread.
As the people of Philippines and the international community remember the lives lost and recognize the resiliency of survivors, ACF recalls two years of actions and looks to a future of restorative efforts to help provide the unmet needs of affected communities.
ACF's emergency response began 72 hours after the typhoon hit, with food and water deliveries in the most affected areas: Tacloban and Roxas and Panay. Two years later, ACF has been on the ground every day addressing the immediate needs of the population, particularly children under five, pregnant and lactating women, single female-headed households, the elderly, and persons with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
"The second anniversary is an occasion to be grateful for what has been recovered in the country and to remember those who have not yet been recovered. There are thousands of people still trying to return to their old routines and thousands who are still looking for a permanent home," said Javad Amoozegar, Country Director for Action Against Hunger in the Philippines.
By working closely with partners and local authorities, we put in place programs focused on health and nutritional counseling, water, sanitation and hygiene, and food security and livelihoods. Nearly one million people were treated by our teams in 46 municipalities in seven provinces. Two years later, our current programs are mostly focused on disaster risk reduction and adapting to severe weather patterns. Total aid for emergency and long-term recovery projects for Haiyan-affected people amounted to 25,332, 895,93 EUR.
To learn more about our response in the Philippines, check out our detailed Press Kit.
For interviews with our spokespersons, please contact Rosa May de Guzman - Maitem at + 63-929-319-4607