Six months since Haiyan: A promising start to recovery in the Philippines

May 8, 2014

Lilibeth (center) and the rest of the cash-for-work crew at the Santo Nino dumpsite in Tacloban City, the Philippines. Photo: Anna Mae Lamentillo / UNDP Philippines

Six months ago on 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the most deadly storm to ever make landfall in the country and strongest tropical cyclone in history, killed more than 6,200 people and left over 4 million homeless. More than 1,000 are still missing.

Haiyan hit an area where poverty is already prevalent; flattening schools, clinics and other critical infrastructure, destroying crops, fishing boats, homes, and other businesses and leaving millions of people without access to an income.

The Philippine government and affected communities have played a powerful role, both in the immediate response to the disaster, which included successfully evacuating  thousands of people to safety, and in spearheading their own recovery.

UNDP has been present since the disaster happened to help communities to recover and the results are encouraging. Thousands of kilometres of roads have now been cleared, 15 percent of homes have been repaired, with over 120,000 households receiving help to rebuild, and nearly all the damaged schools and hospitals have now re-opened.

But the recovery is far from complete. UNDP will continue to support the long-term recovery process in the Philippines through.

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