Original story: 11/8/13
On November 8, Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines, triggering heavy rains that caused widespread flooding and landslides, particularly in East Samar and Leyte provinces. As of November 11, Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan had caused at least 1,774 deaths, affected an estimated 9.7 million people, and damaged or destroyed approximately 23,200 houses, as well as public infrastructure and agricultural land, across 41 provinces. However, local officials project that the typhoon killed an estimated 10,000 people in Leyte Province alone, where storm surges reached 13 feet and sustained winds surpassed approximately 175 miles per hour, according to international media. Source: USAID: Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
Shelter has been provided to 3,275 families. For those who lost their homes completely, new shelters have been provided and new communities are available for those who desire to relocate. Others received repair kits for damaged homes or housing subsidies. Water, sanitation, hygiene and disaster education has been provided and residents have been trained to teach other residents and families. Source: USAID: US government and Catholic Relief Services provide safe housing to over 3000 families affected by Typhoon Yolanda
In the past two years, the American Red Cross has continued working with the Philippines Red Cross to provide assistance to those impacted. Because of American Red Cross support, 10,000 families are now living in safer shelter including more than 3,200 families who are living in brand new homes and more than 6,600 families who received cash, materials and technical support to reconstruct their house to better withstand future disasters.
The American Red Cross has ensured people have better access to water and sanitation, repairing or installing more than 100 hand pumps and communal toilets in 10 municipalities and providing more than 3,200 families with toilets. Before the storm, one in four families in the Philippines did not have a toilet. In addition, the American Red Cross have repaired schools and outfitted them with latrines and water pumps, so that kids have a safe place to study and families have a secure evacuation center during future storms.
More than 10,000 households have received cash grants to help them restart their businesses or create new income-generating opportunities.
In all, American Red Cross support will help more than 80,000 men, women and children live in better conditions following Haiyan. Source: American Red Cross: American Red Cross issues two year report on Typhoon Haiyan
Plan UK (non-governmental organization) is searching for consultants to evaluate the reconstruction and rehabilitation of services in the health, food security and livelihood and protection sectors. Source: ReliefWeb International: Evaluation for DEC funded typhoon Haiyan response Philippines