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26 November 2013

Commerce has returned to the storm-savaged streets of Tacloban in the past week. People sell bananas along the roads, and a bustling market has sprung up across several blocks downtown.


26 November 2013

Two-and-a-half million individuals in need of food aid. And about 7,000 people confirmed dead or missing. That is the toll from the typhoon that hit the central Philippines November 8. The government and international agencies are activating the recovery and reconstruction process. (..) It took days to get aid moving at this pace. Philippine and international agencies predict the emergency tempo will need to continue for 18 months.


25 November 2013

The humanitarian crisis in the Philippines could be exacerbated if farmers are unable to plant their fields within the next few weeks, the World Food Program is warning. Elisabeth Rasmusson, assistant executive director with the global aid organization, said the current challenge is to get rice seeds to as many farmers as possible before the planting season is over. The Philippines is struggling to recover after a massive typhoon struck the island nation, ripping through cities and villages on several islands. The official death toll exceeds 5,200, the government said Friday.


22 November 2013

“When I was there, of course, they're still saying they want food. The good part about it was we were giving them food. As of now, we've reached 2.66 million people.(..) They need the tools to help them rebuild their livelihoods.(..) The challenge is that Syria combined with this response is impacting other parts of the world - Somalia, Central African Republic, our programs in the Sahel. We are now beginning to face pipeline challenges because of lack of donor contributions because so much of it is being directed toward Syria and now Typhoon Haiyan response.”


21 November 2013

The United Nations relief agency has elicited a strong response so far to an emergency financing appeal for overcoming the Philippines typhoon disaster, receiving nearly half the amount requested in the week since the effort was begun, a humanitarian aid database reported in an update on Wednesday.


20 November 2013

Ten days after Typhoon Haiyan, aid is flowing. Ertharin Cousin, the executive director of the World Food Program, spent the weekend touring Tacloban and Cebu to make sure. (..) She described the devastation as profound. “I was at Katrina, I represented the United States during Haiti, and I can tell you this is one of the worst disaster zones I have ever been in,” she said. A week ago, she said, relief agencies couldn't get into Tacloban and had reached only 50,000 affected people. Today, aid has reached almost a million people.


20 November 2013

Meeting with survivors in Tacloban on Sunday, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin acknowledged the strength of the local people, who are working shoulder-to-shoulder with WFP and other relief organizations to respond to the disaster. "What I've seen in Tacloban today is the incredible resilience of the Philipino people. These people are not asking for a handout, they're asking for a hand up to rebuild their lives," Cousin said, after helping to distribute High Energy Biscuits to children at a local high school that has been turned into an evacuation centre.


20 November 2013

At a typhoon refugee center on Samar Island in the Philippines, the traumatized children have slowly begun adjusting to their new normal. (..) But despite the signs of resilience, social workers and parents say the children are newly vulnerable — a reality the Philippines will need to deal with as it stumbles through a flawed relief effort that has failed to provide basics like food and medicine fast enough.


20 November 2013

Many survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan sustained relatively minor injuries when the storm whipped up a frenzy of falling cement and flying sheets of corrugated metal, but these knicks and gashes are increasingly becoming infected - and life threatening - as doctors scramble to operate, heal and save lives. “It’s very important that these wounds are treated as soon as possible because if the infection is locked inside, it starts spreading and becomes septic and you can die from a very minor injury,” added von Schreeb, who had seen similar cases in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. (..)MSF, which warned the risk of skin disease, diarrhoea and tetanus are high in storm-hit areas, has set up and offered inpatient and outpatient services in Guiuan since Friday. It had conducted 60 minor surgeries for lacerations, broken bones and infected injuries, and provided more than 1,000 consultations in three days.


5 November 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Relief goods keep on pouring in to help earthquake-devastated Bohol. On Saturday, November 2, the Australian Aid (AusAID) and World Food Programme (WFP) joined the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in distributing relief goods to hardest hit towns.