Philippines still rebuilding six months after typhoon’s visit

MANILA, 29 May 2014 (IRIN) – More than six months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated large parts of the central Philippines, progress is being made in rebuilding livelihoods. However, huge challenges remain in making them sustainable. “What we need now is to intensify emergency employment efforts on the ground and transition into sustainable livelihood programmes,” Ruth […]

Philippine fishermen need support after Typhoon Haiyan

CAPIZ, 2 January 2014 (IRIN) – Authorities in the Philippines want to accelerate rehabilitation efforts for fishermen hit by Typhoon Haiyan to get the industry up and running as soon as possible. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) says 146,748 fishermen and 21 of the country’s 72 fishing provinces were affected by the storm. […]

Building “storm-resilient” shelters

MANILA, Philippines – Two months after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the Philippine government and aid organizations are transitioning from the emergency and relief phase to the recovery phase, and shelter remains the biggest challenge. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported that more than1.1 million homes were damaged by Haiyan. Of that number, […]

Typhoon survivors celebrate uncertain Christmas

GUIUAN, 24 December 2013 (IRIN) – Typhoon survivors in the Guiuan area will celebrate an uncertain Christmas as aid workers and authorities struggle to provide shelter and livelihood assistance more than one month after Typhoon Haiyan made first landfall here, in Guiuan Eastern Samar Province in the Philippines. “We depend on relief goods for our […]

Analysis: Help wanted – local aid workers need psychosocial assistance too

HIGHLIGHTS Scant mental health support for local aid workers Financial needs may muffle requests for help Debriefing aid workers re-examined Line “blurred” between local responders and survivors MANILA/BANGKOK, 3 December 2013 (IRIN) – Back-to-back emergencies during the last three months in the Philippines have exposed the need for more psychosocial support (clinical and social assistance […]