Aid Worker Diary: UNDAC deployment to Typhoon Haiyan
4 Dec 2013
“Frankly, I was a little bit scared,” says Tsukasa Katsube. “There was a very fine line between local people devastated by the disaster and relief workers like me who had just arrived.” Tsukasa, a disaster response expert from Japan, was part of a team that landed at...
Philippines: One in 14 million
2 Dec 2013
Typhoon Haiyan affected an estimated 14 million people, leaving many of them without family members, homes and jobs. Over the coming months, OCHA will be following some of the people affected by the disaster: the challenges they face; their frustrations; and their triumphs as they begin to...
Philippines: Helping communities recover
27 Nov 2013
As the full extent of the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan became apparent, coordination between humanitarian agencies and the military, both from the Philippines and elsewhere, played a crucial role in the aid effort.
It quickly became clear that logistical problems were causing major...
Philippines: Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan
22 Nov 2013
Returning from her visit to areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos said the scale and impact of the massive disaster continues to require a massive response. Two weeks on, over 13 million people remain affected, including 4.3 million people who...
Philippines: Staying and leaving
21 Nov 2013
Tacloban’s airport is surely one of the hottest places in the city. There are no trees, and Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the little shelter that was available. Each day, hundreds of people arrive from across the affected region looking to board a flight to Manila or Cebu where they can stay...