Needs remain enormous 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan
Ongoing support needed to help millions of people obtain durable shelter and rebuild livelihoods
(Manila): One hundred days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8 November, the Government-led relief operation has made marked progress. But millions of people still require urgent assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and ensure that the gains made thus far are not rolled back as devastated communities begin the difficult process of recovery.
“In the days, weeks and first months after Typhoon Haiyan hit, humanitarians tirelessly provided millions of people with timely relief. In support of the Government-led response, the United Nations and partners provided food, medicine, water and sanitation and hygiene assistance. We distributed tents and tarpaulins so that 500,000 families would have some form of a roof over their heads and implemented emergency employment programmes that helped them get back on their feet and pumped money into local economies. We ensured that vulnerable people had access to protection services and farmers were able to go back to their fields in time to plant. The UN and partners helped remove more than 500,000 cubic metres of debris from Tacloban alone,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines, Luiza Carvalho.
“As the Philippines marks 100 days since the devastating super typhoon struck, our thoughts are very much with the survivors who mourn the loss of so many friends and loved ones. We are supporting the authorities to help survivors find closure and ensure that the affected regions build back better and safer so that the next massive storm does not bring the terrible levels of devastation that we saw with Haiyan,” she said.
“The authorities, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations, and the Filipino people should be commended for the pace of progress that we have seen in the first 100 days. But we can not afford to be complacent,” she said. “The need for durable shelter for millions of people whose homes were damaged or destroyed is critical. Millions of livelihoods were similarly destroyed or impaired when the typhoon tore down or damaged 33 million coconut trees, flooded fields with salt water and took away or wrecked 30,000 fishing vessels.”
The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) for the Philippines is now prioritizing programming for shelter and livelihoods, while continuing to assist the most vulnerable people with life-saving assistance and protection services. This support for the Government’s early recovery efforts was foreseen in the HCT’s Strategic Response Plan (SRP), which covers the 12 months following the typhoon. Of the $788 million required for the SRP, 45 percent has been received. The typhoon affected 14 million people and destroyed or severely damaged more than a million homes.
“Our achievements in the first 100 days of the response were made possible by generous donor contributions for the relief phase of our plan,” Carvalho said. “The Filipino people in the affected areas deserve our continued support as they remain determined to recover in the face of immense obstacles and personal tragedy.”