Produced by Imogen Wall, Chair, CDAC Network Community of Practice on Field Coordination firstname.lastname@example.org +1 917 257 1899
Typhoon Haiyan has affected 9 provinces across the central Philippines and an estimated 9.8 million people. Assessments continue and the full picture will not be apparent for several days. Coordination hubs have so far been established in Tacloban City, in the worst hit province of Leyte, Roxas City (Northern Panay Island) and Eastern Samar with a further logistics hub in Cebu.
No electricity or communication is reported across the most affected areas: Eastern Samar, Leyte, Oriental Mindoro, Masbate, Sorsogon, Negros, Capiz, Romblon and Busuanga. Phone networks have begun to be restored in some areas but coverage remains very patchy.
Basic questions on information access and needs have been included in the UNDAC assessments and the assessments of some agencies including World Vision. Agreed standard questions developed by the CDAC Network have been shared with responding agencies for incorporation into assessments. A map of images shared on social media networks has been compiled by the Standby Taskforce at OCHA’s request. This map will continue to be live for two weeks and the SBTF are asking for volunteers to assist in categorising images.
Very little information is available regarding impact on local media but early indications are that local media has been badly impacted with radio and TV stations knocked off air. The Sun Star paper in Cebu reports two journalists killed and a further three employees missing from DYVL Aksyon Radyo Tacloban in Tacloban City after the station was hit while staff were broadcasting information about the storm.
The President has declared restoration of the telecoms network to be a priority for responders. DSWD (department of social works and development) and local authorities have begun setting up hotlines for affected people. Vodafone in Qatar, where there is a large expat Filipino population, has announced reduced calling and SMS rates to the Philippines until Saturday 16th.
The official government website for the response is the Official Gazette http://www.gov.ph/. The website includes a google crisismap which includes locations of evacuation centres, command posts, hospitals and other key response facilities.
The infoasaid Message Library is available to all responders in English at http://infoasaid.org/cgi-message-library?destination=%2Fmessage-library%... UNOCHA is working on hosting directly on the UNOCHA main response page, which will also carry a section for CwC materials. CDAC Network has established a global focal point for responding agencies and is standing by to provide assistance to the field level response. The global focal point is Imogen Wall of UNOCHA, who chairs the CDAC N CoP on Field Coordination.