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...
IRIN: Life-saving radio begins broadcasting in typhoon-hit Tacloban
15 Nov 2013
This article was published on www.irinnews.org on 15 November 2013
As distraught families in central and eastern Philippines struggle to access supplies in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, an emergency radio station broadcasting critical life-saving information has gone live in badly-...
Philippines: People desperate to regain some degree of normality, says UN Humanitarian Chief
13 Nov 2013
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos visited communities in Tacloban who have been severely affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) on Wednesday. Seeing for herself the massive devastation left by the disaster, Ms. Amos called on the international community not to let the...