Displaced first by Typhoon Haiyan, now an oil spill

  LOILO PROVINCE, 29 November 2013 (IRIN) – Local government authorities in a fishing village in northern Panay island in central Philippines are scrambling to evacuate thousands of residents after toxic fumes from a bunker fuel leak caused levels of benzene in the air to rocket. “We identified 1,042 families living along the contaminated coastline […]

PHILIPPINES: Shelter key issue for Washi survivors

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. MANILA, 17 January 2012 (IRIN) – One month after tropical storm Washi pummelled parts of the southern island of Mindanao, shelter remains the key challenge facing tens of thousands of survivors. Tropical storm Washi hit two major cities, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in northern Mindanao, and […]

PHILIPPINES: Sanitation crisis in storm-hit Mindanao

By Ana Santos This article was originally published in the  IRIN News website. MANILA, 22 December 2011 (IRIN) – Survivors of Tropical Storm Washi in Mindanao are in desperate need of water and sanitation facilities, say aid workers and officials. “Water for drinking and hygiene purposes is our number-one concern right now,” General Benito Ramos, […]