Typhoon Haiyan: Six months on

7 May, 2014
Tacloban, Philippines: This school in a fisherman’s village is one of hundreds back in session since Typhoon Haiyan hit last November. Credit: UNDP
Tacloban, Philippines: This school in a fisherman’s village is one of hundreds back in session since Typhoon Haiyan hit last November. Credit: UNDP

Six months after Typhoon Haiyan swept through central Philippines, recovery efforts are still underway. The humanitarian community continues to focus on restoring people's homes and sources of income for a long-lasting recovery. But the progress remains fragile with millions of people still requiring urgent assistance. 

"People remain worried about what their future holds - in particular shelter,” said UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos during her last visit to Tacloban. “But to see how much has been done with the support of the United Nations, NGO partners, national and international community and the Government, shows what can be done when we work together.”

The remarkable resilience of the survivors has been key to the recovery effort. The international humanitarian community reached an estimated 4.5 million people with food assistance, and 3 million people with emergency shelter. 

Check out these before and after shots from Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas and see how the recovery effort is progressing 6 months on. 

The removal of hundreds of metric tons of debris in the area around the canal in Anibong (Tacloban) was completed through the UN Development Programme's Emergency Employment Programme.

The Tacloban astrodome as well as the area surrounding it are on a steady path to full recovery.

Throughout these efforts, 115,000 Filipinos were provided with short-term employment and livelihood support, including through job training, micro-enterprise support, cash-for-work programmes and engagement in the repair of public infrastructure.

Road Barangay 89, in Tacloban City. Since the typhoon, repairing roads has been a critical step to recovery as it ensures humanitarian access to deliver life-saving supplies to the hardest-hit communities.

This school in a fisherman’s village in Tacloban is one of hundreds back in session. In addition, 500,000 students have been provided with learning materials.

Despite this encouraging progress, much more still needs to be done.

Over 5,000 Filipino families still live in evacuation centres and nearly two-thirds of the fishing community has lost its most productive assets, primarily fishing boats.

Typhoon Haiyan also damaged or destroyed more than 33 million coconut trees - one of the country's main crops - jeopardizing the livelihoods of more than one million farming families.
Almost 14 million people were affected, including 6 million workers who lost their jobs. However, humanitarian efforts are helping people rebuild their lives and making sure that those whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged receive adequate shelter.

Photos: UNDP

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