Alarm over post-Haiyan evacuation centre shortage

A shortage of viable evacuation centres in areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) has humanitarians and officials in the Philippines concerned that survivors will not have alternative accommodation in case of another one. The typhoon season usually lasts from June to November. “We urgently need to identify alternative evacuation centres,” said Conrad Navidad, […]

Radyo Bakdaw: Airwaves aid in disaster relief

BY ANA P. SANTOS GUIUAN, Philippines – Every Friday afternoon, they have a karaoke contest. That may not sound unusual at all for the Philippines and its known penchant for singing, but in the small town of Guiuan, where many of life’s basic necessities have yet to be restored after Typhoon Yolanda, a karaoke contest is […]

Importance of tech response during disasters

BY ANA P. SANTOS AND MICHAELA ROMULO GUIUAN, Eastern Samar – In Guiuan, where Yolanda first made landfall, there is no electricity, water is distributed everyday through water tanks, and many people are living in tent cities which serve as temporary shelters – but there is WiFi. Though intermittent and sometimes slow during a weather disturbance, […]

Why identifying Typhoon Haiyan’s dead matters to the living

TACLOBAN/MANILA, 7 January 2014 (IRIN) – The authorities in Tacloban City, capital of Leyte Province in central Philippines, have concluded a mass burial of unidentified bodies retrieved from the debris left by Typhoon Haiyan. In a report published on 7 January, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimated that the category 5 […]

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 […]