Philippines Typhoon

Typhoon Haiyan

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updated 8 May, 2014 

Six Months On - Latest Situation

• On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc across much of the central Philippines, affecting over 14 million people. In total, 8,000 people were killed, and more than 4 million people were forced from their homes.

• Six months on, nearly 5.6 million people still require food assistance and support to prevent food insecurity and restore agricultural and fishing livelihoods (UN OCHA). 

• Currently, 40% of the disaster-affected households are living in makeshift shelter, which means that one in two people are not protected from storms and rain. The need for shelter is still urgent. Local authorities are trying to relocate 200,000 people away from the coast, to protect them from future storms.

• Close to six million workers lost their sources of income in the typhoon. Small stores were flattened, 30,000 boats were destroyed, millions of coconut trees were decimated and more than one million tonnes of crops lost.

• According to UN, of the US$788 million required for the Strategic Response Plan, only 56 percent has been received. Around 133,000 households have been helped to build back their homes. Support to assist an additional 380,000 households is now critical.

Oxfam’s Response

• Oxfam has now reached more than 730,000 people with relief in the first six months of the response. We are operating from four bases across Leyte, Eastern Samar and North Cebu.

• Our initial focus was on life saving assistance, such as clean water, toilets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and cash to buy food and other essentials. We have:

- Helped almost 500,000 people with life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene assistance, which has helped to prevent outbreaks of disease
- Distributed more than 100,000 hygiene kits containing buckets, soap, clean underwear, mosquito nets and sleeping mats
- Provided 81,000 water kits, containing a jerry can, bucket and water treatment materials
- Built or repaired more than 7,300 families toilets and constructed washing blocks and handwashing stations

• Six months on from the disaster, we are focusing on ensuring that recovery work meets people’s needs. This includes finding alternative ways for families to earn an income and influencing government policy on rebuilding and resettlement projects. We have:

- Provided 213,000 people with either cash grants or cash in return for work such as clearing debris, draining ditches or removing rubbish
- Worked with communities clear land so farmers can replant crops and earn an income
- Got rice sees to 7,700 farmers, so families could earn a living and help prevent a serious rice shortage
- Helped fishing communities get back to sea and restart seaweed farms

Oxfam Hygiene Kits and Water Kits Distribution. (Jire Carreon/Oxfam)
Christoper ‘Toper’ Cabalhiw (left), a local volunteer working with Oxfam as a Public Health Promoter, and Oxfam Public Health Assistant Allan A Nayga (right). Organising children at an Oxfam public health promotion activity aimed at encouraging children to understand why and how to wash their hands and use the latrines. (Jire Carreon/Oxfam)
A Filipino boy scales a brakewater at a coastal village in Las Pinas city, south of Manila, Philippines, 08 November 2013. Thousands of people fled from coastal communities and areas prone to landslides in the eastern Philippines, as the country prepared for what was expected to be the worst typhoon to hit this year. President Benigno Aquino urged the public to cooperate with the authorities to minimize the impact of Haiyan, which was stronger than Typhoon Bopha that left more than 1,800 people dead or missing in 2012. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
Survivors who lost their homes use a Jeepney public bus as shelter after a super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon in the world this year and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land battered the central Philippines on Friday, forcing millions of people to flee to safer ground, cutting power lines and blowing apart houses. Haiyan, a category-5 super typhoon, bore down on the northern tip of Cebu Province, a popular tourist destination with the country's second-largest city, after lashing the islands of Leyte and Samar with 275 kph (170 mph) wind gusts and 5-6 meter (15-19 ft) waves. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
An aerial view shows damaged houses on a coastal community, after Typhoon Haiyan hit Iloilo Province, central Philippines November 9, 2013. One of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 1,000 people in one city alone and 200 in another province, the Red Cross estimated on Saturday, as reports of high casualties began to emerge. REUTERS/Raul Banias Programme Information
A man stands atop debris as residents salvage belongings from the ruins of their houses after Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. One of the most powerful storms ever recorded has killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte, a senior police official said on Sunday, with coastal towns and the regional capital devastated by huge waves. Typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through the province, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director. It not only brought wind gusts of around 275 kph (170 mph), it also caused a storm surge and whipped up waves of 5 to 6 metres (yards). REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Two young boys look at the devastation in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images