Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath and Reconstruction
Thomson Reuters Foundation's humanitarian news service brings you latest news, aid agency updates, pictures, videos and blogs about the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 1:59:39 PMWelcome to our live blog about the situation in the Philippines after super typhoon Haiyan. We're posting latest news from Reuters and our own correspondents at Thomson Reuters Foundation as well as aid agency updates, blogs, pictures and videos. Please contribute by using the comment box. To see all posts click in the blog and scroll down.
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 2:03:54 PMOur South East Asia correspondent Thin Lei Win is keeping a close eye on what aid agencies are doing to help survivors. It's a real challenge to reach people in areas outside the main city Tacloban. In her latest story aid workers have told her that the relief effort must broaden its focus beyond the devastation in Tacloban, where most aid workers and journalists have assembled. Read more here www.trust.org and stay tuned for reports from the ground when Thin arrives there tomorrow.
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 2:08:10 PM
Images are emerging now from the devastation outside Tacloban, the city where 10,000 people are believed to have died. An aerial view shows a destroyed coastal town in Samar province in central Philippines November 11, 2013. Aid workers are racing to reach such areas, which are difficult to reach due to the destruction of roads and other infrastructure. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 2:26:13 PM
"Aid workers on the ground warn that the destruction could approach or even exceed that caused by Haiti’s calamitous 2010 earthquake, which left tens of thousands dead and 1.5 million homeless." - International Organisation for Migration
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 2:42:44 PMMost of the damage and deaths were caused by waves that inundated towns, washed ships ashore and swept away villages in scenes reminiscent of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Jean Mae Amande, 22, said she was washed several kilometres from her home by the surge of water. The current ripped her out to sea before pushing her back to shore where she was able to cling to a tree and grab a rope thrown from a boat. An old man who had been swimming with her died when his neck was gashed by an iron roof, she said. "It's a miracle that the ship was there," Amande said.
Read more in this update from Reuters.
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 2:52:17 PM
“We’re doing our work on adaptation; we’re making resiliency part of our development planning. But the impacts of climate change are beyond our capacity already. That’s why we need the world not just to feel our pain, our irretrievable loss, but to do something” - Alicia Ilaga, Philippine negotiator at U.N. climate talks in WarsawA timely reminder from the Philippine negotiator at the U.N. climate talks. Increasingly severe climate impacts should push forward efforts to create a “loss and damage” mechanism at the latest round of the talks, which opened Monday in Warsaw, Ilaga said. Such a mechanism, promised at the last major round of negotiations in Doha last year, would assist poorer countries that emit low levels of greenhouse gases with the costs of climate-related damages that occur despite their efforts to adapt to shifting climate and weather patterns. Read more in our story "Philippines calls for climate 'loss and damage' mechanism as UN talks start"
Katie Nguyen @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 2:59:13 PMSecurity concerns are preventing supplies from being handed out in the Philippine coastal city of Tacloban after dark, says Christopher Pedrosag, a government aid worker. "There might be a stampede," he said.
Soldiers toting assault rifles were guarding an aid truck. "It's risky," said Jewel Ray Marcia, a Philippine army lieutenant . "People are angry. They are going out of their minds."
Read more in this Reuters story: In devastated Philippine city, anger grows, aid elusive
Katie Nguyen @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 3:17:20 PMThe devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan has prompted an outpouring of pledges of aid from the international community. So far:
- AUSTRALIA has announced a $10 million package, including medical personnel and non-food items such as tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water containers and hygiene kits.
- BRITAIN announced a six million pound ($9.6 million) package including aid for up to 500,000 people including temporary shelter, water, plastic sheeting and household items.
- NEW ZEALAND will give NZ$2.15 million in aid.
- JAPAN is to send a 25-strong emergency medical relief team.
- INDONESIA is to dispatch aircraft and logistical aid including personnel, drinking water, food, generators, antibiotics and other medication.
- The UNITED STATES has sent a team of about 90 Marines and sailors, part of a first wave of promised U.S. military assistance. The U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID) is sending emergency shelter and hygiene materials expected to arrive early this week. It is sending 55 tons of emergency food to feed 20,000 children and 15,000 adults for up to five days. The U.S. EMBASSY is sending $100,000 for water and sanitation support.
- The EUROPEAN COMMISSION said it would provide 3 million euros ($4 million) to help worst-affected areas.
- CHINA will give a total of $200,000 in cash in aid.
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Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 3:18:34 PMAn update from the World Health Organisation:
- An initial shipment of four emergency kits with medicines and supplies
to cover basic health needs of 120 000 persons during one month and
supplies to perform 400 surgical interventions are being deployed.
- Four diarrhoeal disease kits with medicines and supplies to treat 3000 cases
of acute diarrhoea are also being sent.
- WHO is also supporting the Department of Health (DoH) in strengthening its early warning alert and response network (EWARN) to rapidly detect disease outbreaks and other
public health threats related to food and environmental hazards.
- The government is receiving international assistance such as field hospitals
and medical teams, and WHO is working closely with the government to
ensure those supplies and teams go where they are needed most.
- Medical storage spaces have also been damaged, and WHO is working to
re-establish logistics bases for new supplies that are arriving.
In the aftermath of the typhoon, reaching the affected areas and people has proven to be a sizeable logistical challenge. The true extent of the death and destruction has yet to be quantified. The super typhoon ripped roofs off houses and uprooted trees, interrupting telecommunications and electricity supplies. Many air- and sea-ports in the affected areas are closed. Until roads are cleared, movement will be difficult in these areas, posing significant logistical challenges to emergency relief operations.
- An initial shipment of four emergency kits with medicines and supplies
Katie Nguyen @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 3:23:12 PM
Children hold signs asking for help and food along the highway, after Typhoon Haiyan hit Tabogon town in Cebu Province, central Philippines November 11, 2013. Dazed survivors of the super typhoon that swept through the central Philippines killing an estimated 10,000 people begged for help and scavenged for food, water and medicine on Monday, threatening to overwhelm military and rescue resources. REUTERS/Charlie Saceda
Katie Nguyen @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 3:26:18 PMThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says it will launch an emergency appeal on November 12 to mobilise support for the Philippine Red Cross
Katie Nguyen @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 3:40:34 PMThe Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) says on Twitter that it is "actively pursuing a decision about launching an appeal" to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
Its 14 member charities are: ActionAid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 3:41:35 PM
All the houses along the coast are completely flattened. Everything is destroyed. Further inland, about 80 percent of the houses are roofless. About five percent of the houses are completely collapsed – these are mainly wooden houses. It seems like everyone we’ve seen has a hammer or tools in their hands, trying to repair their houses and their roofs. People are picking up poles and pieces of wood from the street. There are long queues at hardware stores, pharmacies.Sandra Bulling, CARE International Emergency Communications Officer, is with CARE’s Emergency Team in the Philippines. Read more in her blog
Katie Nguyen @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 3:43:43 PM
Japan sends a relief team to Philippines and South Korea makes plans to despatch aid, as China feels the effects of a weakened typhoon Haiyan
Katie Nguyen @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 3:46:13 PM
As a flight carrying relief assistance for typhoon survivors in the Philippines prepares to leave Malaysia, typhoon Haiyan makes landfall in Vietnam.
makiwahenry 11/11/2013 4:08:18 PMWell done for the liveblog @alertnet. Follow @nicjones81
Of #Redcross for updates from #Tacloban - pic.twitter.com/ipqCvhkzZe
Katie Nguyen @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 4:27:05 PMMedical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said 15 of staff members have arrived in the Philippines already with an additional 50 people arriving in the coming days including medics, logisticians and psychologists. Three cargo planes carrying 329 tonnes of medical and relief items will arrive in the coming days, flying out of Dubai and Ostende.
The first response aid will include medical kits for treating the wounded, material for medical consultations and tetanus vaccines. Relief items will include tents and hygiene kits (soap, laundry soap, toothpaste and sanitary towels), kitchen kits (pots, plates, cups and cutlery), and shelter kits (tarpaulin, rope, hammers and nails). The shipment will also include generators, lighting kits, water treatment material, latrine slabs, mobile office and communication equipment such as radios and phones.
Later this week, a further shipment from Bordeaux will include an inflatable hospital.
Katie Nguyen @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 4:41:10 PM
Dr Natasha Reyes, MSF's emergency coordinator in the Philippines"This sort of disaster is unprecedented in the Philippines. The effect is something like a massive earthquake followed by huge floods. Our priority is to address the urgent and immediate medical needs, of which we are sure there are many. After that, really it's everything - shelter, water, food. They've lost everything.“Usually, in these types of disasters, the main needs are related to people being displaced from their homes, and the injuries are relatively minor – cuts, broken bones, head wounds. But with so many houses and buildings having collapsed because of the strong winds, we’re expecting to see some significant injuries.“As a Filipino, I know that we’re a resilient people. We’ve been battered over and over again by natural disasters. So when I hear about people being so desperate, so stunned, so hopeless, it really tells me just how bad it is.”
Lisa Anderson@TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 4:46:28 PMThe Philippines government has firmly connected the super typhoon Haiyan with climate change, and urged governments meeting in Poland on Monday to take emergency action to resolve the deadlocked climate talks."We cannot sit and stay helpless staring at this international climate stalemate. It is now time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway," said Yeb Sano, head of the government's delegation to the UN climate talks, in an article for the Guardian, in which he challenged climate sceptics to "get off their ivory towers" to see the impacts of climate change firsthand.
Emma Batha @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 4:53:36 PM“We must stop calling events like these as natural disasters … there are scenes reminiscent of the aftermath of a tsunami, with a vast wasteland of mud and debris and dead bodies … What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness.”
Moving speech by Naderev Sano, the Philippines’ lead negotiator at UN climate talks in Warsaw, who saw his home town wiped out by super typhoon Haiyan.
Emma Batha @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 5:23:54 PM“We refuse to accept a future where super typhoons like Haiyan become a way of life… where counting our dead becomes a way of life.”
More strong stuff from Naderev Saño, Philippines’ lead climate change negotiator, who says he’s embarking on a fast for the duration of the current UN climate talks, until “meaningful” pledges are made on climate finance, a loss and damage mechanism and other action.
He says his decision is in solidarity with his brother in the Philippines, who survived the typhoon but has been without food for three days and is moving victims' bodies. He has not heard from other members of his family since the storm, which cut communications to some islands.
Katie Nguyen @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 5:42:50 PM
UNHCR says it is organising an emergency airlift to the Philippines to help some of the estimated 9.5 million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. It expects a Boeing 747 flight carrying 2,500 tents from UNHCR's stockpile in Dubai to fly to Cebu on Wednesday. More airlifts are being planned. It said 1,400 protection kits and hygiene kits containing basic items such as plastic sheeting, blankets, mosquito nets, soap and underwear were on its way to Tacloban.
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 6:13:23 PMIn disaster situations, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups are particularly at risk. Edith van Wijngaarden, Handicap International’s Programme Director in the Philippines, says:
Three days after the disaster, only military flights are landing in Tacloban, a town in the centre of the country that is one of the worst hit by the storm. It’s important that Handicap International’s emergency team accesses the area as soon as possible. I’m particularly worried about the most vulnerable individuals. When nothing is left standing and the local infrastructure has been destroyed, people with disabilities, older people and children are particularly vulnerable. We absolutely have to supply them with relief."More on Handicap International's response to the disaster here
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 6:15:23 PM
A man carries water as he walks on a flooded street during nightfall after super typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines, November 11, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su REUTERS/Edgar Su
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 6:18:44 PM
Life goes on even if it may not seem that way to many affected by the disaster. Baby Beatriz was born in Tacloban, the city that was devastated by the typhoon. She is being held by another woman as her mother recuperates today at a makeshift birthing clinic. Photo by Reuters' Erik De Castro
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 6:42:29 PM
Road near Tacloban city in the Philippines. PLAN International
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 6:42:57 PM
Hatai Limprayoonyong, Plan International’s Internal Communications Specialist in Asia, reports from the Philippines:
Tacloban has never seen devastation like this. Before Typhoon Haiyan roared though the city on Friday, it was a beautiful place. Right now, everything has been turned upside down.
I have been travelling, together with my colleagues from charity Plan International, to the affected area all day, but we’re yet to arrive. We are on the outskirts of Tacloban, just five to ten minutes away, says the driver, but the scene is chaotic. The roads are narrow and all I can see are people walking.
The car is moving slowly, very slowly – we want to get there so we can carry out assessments, distribute relief and check on our own staff there. As we get nearer, the smell of dead bodies pervades. Some of them are littered by the side of the road, mixed in with the rubbish, but people just ignore them.
When you see it, when you can sense it, smell it and feel it - it’s awful. There’s no food or water here and all around me, people are desperately trying to find something to eat. Girls and boys are carrying packs of noodles and dry foods, grabbing anything they can find from shattered shops. It’s difficult to stop and ask how they’re feeling when they’re lumbered down with so many things.Read Hatai's full report here
Megan Rowling 11/11/2013 8:06:19 PMLatest UN report on the situation in the typhoon-hit Philippines says:
* 9.8 million people are affected in nine regions across the Philippines
* 659,268 people are displaced (394,494 people inside 1,316 evacuation centres and 264,774 people outside the centres)
* Immediate needs are emergency shelter, food and water and sanitation
* Telecommunications have been re-established in most affected areas
For the full report, visit relief web: http://reliefweb.int/disaster/tc-2013-000139-phl
Megan Rowling 11/11/2013 8:09:13 PMThe U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, has announced an allocation of $25 million from the Central Emergency
Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving relief efforts in the Philippines
in the wake of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
“This devastating typhoon has affected millions of families in the Philippines.
People have lost their homes and loved ones, and desperately need food, water
and urgent medical help," said USG Amos. "I am releasing $25 million
from CERF to help humanitarian agencies and their partners reach as many people
as possible with life-saving aid supplies and services.”
For more, visit the UNOCHA website: http://www.unocha.org/top-stories/all-stories/philippines-un-releases-us25-million-fund-emergency-response
Megan Rowling 11/11/2013 8:16:06 PMVictor Tanco, governor of Capiz province, tells Britain's Channel 4 News: "To the rest of the world, please help us". He says main problem will be shelter for 90 percent of the population of his province. A tropical storm, now on its way, "will be a double whammy".
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 9:27:58 PMStandby Task Force (SBTF), an online global volunteer community for live crisis mapping is looking for more volunteers to sift through information to help responders on the ground dealing with the destruction from typhoon Haiyan. It’s open to “anyone with an internet connection”, says the SBTF. Details of how you can get involved are here:
Lisa Anderson@TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 9:29:48 PMFrom USAID Administrator Dr Rajiv Shah: In response to the storm, the United States Government announced today $20 million in humanitarian assistance, including emergency food aid and critical relief supplies--like shelter materials and hygiene kits--for disaster-affected areas.
These supplies will not only provide life-saving care in the immediate aftermath of the storm, but will also help prevent illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases. A shipment is already on its way with enough plastic sheeting, soap, toothbrushes, toilet paper, and sanitary supplies to help 10,000 families. Another shipment of the same size will follow closely behind. We are also sending 55 metric tons of food, including highly nutritious bars and paste--containing a day's worth of calories--to nourish approximately 20,000 children and 15,000 adults for roughly 4 to 5 days.
In advance of the storm, USAID prepositioned a Disaster Assistance Response Team in the region, which arrived in the devastated Leyte province ahead of other international government assessment teams
jaimie 11/11/2013 10:12:08 PMREADER COMMENT: we knew for weeks that a killer storm was coming why wasen't aid flown in while airports were still debris free? The Canadian Red Cross has $56 million sitting in the bank and could have started shipping aid weeks ago
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 10:13:25 PM
Tacloban coast in 2012 and 2013 - Before and after photos in this BBC photoblog show the enormous scale of the devastation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24899001
Magda Mis @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 10:39:25 PM
Officials in Tacloban, which bore the brunt of one of the strongest storms ever recorded when it slammed into the Philippines on Friday, have said the death toll could be 10,000 in their city alone.
Magda Mis @TR_Foundation 11/11/2013 10:40:33 PM
Maria Caspani 11/11/2013 11:47:14 PMLatest from the UK govt: Britain to scale up its humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan with an additional £4 million of assistance. Support announced tonight will provide:
Aid flights from the UK to Cebu in the eastern Philippines to deliver forklift trucks, cutting equipment, 4x4s and other kit to help clear and re-open runways and roads;
The delivery of life-saving supplies through Rapid Response Facility partner agencies such as temporary shelters, blankets and water purification tablets to 300,000 people; and
Household goods to allow the safe treatment and storage of water and to help prevent the spread of disease. These includes buckets, water purification tablets, soap and sanitary items.