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...
Philippines: Picking up the pieces after Typhoon Haiyan
20 Nov 2013
When Typhoon Haiyan hit Leyte’s eastern coast, the town of Tanauan took much of its force. The massive storm tore through the modest homes and stores that line Tanauan’s streets, and tore the roof off its imposing cathedral. Almost every single person in the town of 50,000 was...
Aid Worker Diary: Coping in Tacloban
18 Nov 2013
“Hey you, where are you from?” a young boy yells down to me from the balcony of his family’s apartment. He has a cheeky smile, and he raises his eyebrows in a mock challenge.
“Australia!” I yell back.
“Australia…,” he chews this over for a...