Philippines: A first-hand account of Typhoon Hagupit’s wrath
11 Dec 2014
“I thought I was prepared,” says Victor Lahai, an OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer in the Philippines. “But reality hit hard when I thought we might not make it through the night. The scenes outside were horrendous.”
Victor is referring to the night of 6 December...
2015 Global appeal: $16.4 billion to help 57 million people in 22 countries
8 Dec 2014
The UN and its humanitarian partners have launched an appeal for US$16.4 billion to help at least 57.5 million people affected by crises in 22 countries in 2015.
“Over 80 percent of those we intend to help are in countries mired in conflict where brutality and violence have had a...
Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan and the digital last mile
25 Nov 2014
Aid organizations are increasingly recognizing and prioritizing communication as a form of assistance – one as important as water, food and shelter. Without access to information, disaster survivors cannot access the help they need or make informed decisions about their recovery. ...
The Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan, one year on
7 Nov 2014
Filipinos are resilient people well used to severe weather systems, but Typhoon Haiyan which came crashing through the Philippines on 8 November 2013 was different to anything else previously experienced. The super typhoon is believed to be the biggest ever to hit land and the city of...
The Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan - The seeds of recovery [VIDEO]
5 Nov 2014
On 8 November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan carved a trail of destruction across the Central Philippines. In the immediate aftermath, thousands of people did not have a place to stay and crops that so many depended on were completely submerged, rendering the seedlings useless.