Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Catholic Relief Services - Typhoon Haiyan: Help The Philippines Survive and Recover

Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines
Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10. Photo by Reuters/Erik De Castro, courtesy Trust.org

  • 32,000 tarpaulins have been procured. The first 1,100 tarps and emergency WASH supplies arrived in country today but the plane intended for Cebu was redirected to Clark Airport, NW of Manila, due to the large volumes of aid arriving at both Cebu and Manila airports.
  • Tentative overall strategy is to serve 32,000 households in 3 areas (Ormoc and Palo in Leyte; and Basey in Samar) with an integrated package of relief.
  • Tacloban and Roxas Airports opened for commercial flights.  There is currently only ferry service available between Cebu and Ormoc, but work is being done to re-open airport within the week.
  • Tropical depression Zoraida reached the island of Mindanao today, cancelling ferry service in the Haiyan-affected areas. It is expected to accelerate northwest and is projected to make landfall in Surigao del Sur Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rains to the affected areas and hampering travel.
  • The shelter coordination group is estimating that 500,000 shelters are likely uninhabitable and un-repairable.
Shelters Destroyed
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee is reporting 41,176 shelters damaged (21,230 total; 19,946 partial).  However, based on population data and available storm surge and wind damage information and on-going assessments, the shelter coordination group indicates that 500,000 shelters are likely uninhabitable and un-repairable.
  • $8 provides a water kit for a family. This includes 1 jerry can, 1 pail and aqua tabs for water purification.
  • $15 provides an emergency shelter kit. This includes tarps and nails that are combined with local materials to create emergency shelter.
  • $22 provides household living supplies. This includes sleeping mats, three blanket, utensils, plastics, glasses, and a cooking pot.
  • $28 provides hygiene kits. This includes a two-month family supply of soap, laundry detergent, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine sanitary napkins, and towels.
Note: Dollar amounts cover items only. They do not include costs associated with distribution, training and monitoring.
And, as always, please continue to pray for your Filipino brothers and sisters in their hour of need. You may also light a candle in the CRS virtual chapel.

Total Devastation’ in Leyte
CRS field teams on the ground are reporting total devastation. They are traveling with their own tents, sleeping materials, food and water. Fuel is being rationed or sold at a very high price and many roads are still blocked.

In Ormoc on the western side of the island of Leyte, the informal settlers near the coast are the most affected. They are poor and were living in houses made of lightweight materials. Several evacuation centers are forming, including a large center in a domed stadium. Many deaths have been reported in Leyte. The smell of bodies is becoming overwhelming and families do not want to return home to salvage materials and construct improvised shelters because of the lack of services and the presence of bodies trapped under rubble.

Samar Stores Empty, Medical Facilities Destroyed
UN team report: “There is no water, power or communication in Guiuan. All stores are empty and medical facilities are completely destroyed. There is immediate need of food, water, medical supplies, shelter and generators. The team observed similar conditions in the surrounding municipalities. The airport runway in Guiuan was not damaged and is expected to be operational from 12 November for humanitarian operations. The airport will be used as a ‘collection and drop off point’ to serve the surrounding areas.”  This airport will likely service CRS operations in southern Samar.

Planned CRS support:
  • Emergency Shelter for 32,000 families
  • Water Supply and Hygiene for 32,000 families
  • Non-food-item kits for 32,000 families
  • 45,000 person-days of Cash-for-Work community clean-up and debris removal
  • 3,167 Latrines
  • 48 bathing cubicles
  • 207 water tanks
  • 300 waste disposal bins

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