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Typhoon Haiyan: One Year On

On November 8th 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever to make landfall, swept through 9 regions of the Philippines, including Tacloban city (200,000 inhabitants), Leyte. 11.3 million people were affected by the typhoon, leaving a trail of destruction across the country.

ACTED’s response was rapid; being reactive on the ground 2 days post-typhoon with 3 bases in Northern Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Davao. ACTED was one of the first NGOs in Guiuan, meeting the immediate basic needs of those affected by the disaster.

ACTED teams have been fully mobilised from the outset to support those households most affected by the disaster, and continue to support the disaster response one year on, with a focus on community led recovery and development.

ACTED’s response overview

November 8th 2013: Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines.

November 9th 2013: Evaluation of the needs and emergency response begins.

January 2014: ACTED responded to the water, food or shelter needs of 380,000 people.

May 2014: 9,553 households benefitted from cash for assets activities.

November 2014: ACTED is now focusing on community led recovery and development, responding to two major needs: water hygiene and sanitation access and housing reconstruction.

In 2015 ACTED will pursue activities: about 95,000 families still need support.

Responding to two major needs: water hygiene and sanitation access and housing reconstruction

Following the emergency response, ACTED is focusing on community led recovery and development, responding to two major needs:

ACTED’s WASH response: figures at a glance

Water: 30,000 people have improved access to safe water.

Empowered communities: Building local government’s capacity to set up water hygiene and sanitation committees, and improve their resilience to disaster.

Sanitation: 30,000 persons have improved access to adequate sanitation services and facilities.

Information: 42,286 persons participated in information sessions to prevent water-related diseases and hygiene promotion activities.

Healthy schools: 4,633 children have access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in their learning environment, and participated in hygiene promotion sessions.

Building back safer

Typhoon Haiyan damaged or destroyed nearly 1.1 million houses in the Philippines and displaced approximately 4.1 million people. Nearly a year after, thousands of families continue to struggle to repair or rebuild their homes. ACTED and ShelterBox are supporting 300 families to rebuild their homes, providing housing material, training local carpenters and mobilizing communities to build houses using ‘build back safer’ techniques.

So far

  • 71 households received shelter materials
  • 841 people attended the various workshops
  • 30 carpenters were trained

Sustainable livelihoods

ACTED is also supporting sustainable livelihoods. After the emergency phase, ACTED provided Cash for Assets to support livelihoods, to remove debris from agricultural land and to rehabilitate assets. Now, ACTED supports sustainable livelihoods by building the capacity of farmers, supporting farmers’organizations and facilitating linkages with markets.

Looking forward

Almost one year after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on 8 November 2013, significant achievements have been made by the humanitarian response. However, an estimated 25,000 individuals among the people affected by the typhoon are still living in transitional sites, evacuation centers and tent settlements as well as an estimated 95,000 families living in ‘unsafe’ or ‘inadequate’ emergency or makeshift shelter; some of whom are living in areas classified as “unsafe”. These families are particularly vulnerable and in need of durable solutions which adequately reflect their protection, livelihoods, shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene needs. The Government-led response has moved from the emergency to the recovery and rehabilitation phase. NGOs like ACTED continue to support government-led recovery efforts at all levels.

ACTED triple response for 2015

ACTED will continue to support families affected by Typhoon Haiyan, addressing longer term needs in Northern Leyte and Eastern Samar, assisting communities to regain the self-reliance and dignity they had pre-disaster. ACTED’s work adopts a resilience approach using the disaster risk management cycle to guide its programming and provide the crucial link between emergency response, early recovery and longer term development. ACTED aims to build the resilience of communities to support a sustainable reduction in vulnerability to disaster impact. ACTED in 2014 and 2015 is focusing on supporting shelter reconstruction that incorporates ‘build back safer’ techniques to increase communities resilience to future disasters; improving community water, sanitation and hygiene access working closely with both local government and community; and supporting the restoration of livelihoods by training farmers and facilitating linkages to markets to boost farmer households incomes.

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