Typhoon Haiyan Aid Response
Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms to ever make landfall, caused widespread devastation in the Philippines. Over 14 million people are in need of emergency aid relief. The international Caritas network is responding to the disaster, quickly mobilising to address emergency needs such as shelter, food, psychosocial support, clean water, sanitation, hygiene and household relief. Latest updates >
Over 14 million people across 10,000 villages in 9 regions devastated.
Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) struck the Eastern Visayas islands of Samar and Leyte in the Philippines on Friday, 8 November 2013. The typhoon reached winds of over 330kph, and brought waves 15 metres high.
It was the worst storm to have ever hit the Philippines and the strongest storm to have ever made landfall anywhere in the world in modern history.
Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread destruction. Thousands of people died, nearly 4 million people have been displaced and over one million shelters were left uninhabitable or un-repairable. The hardest-hit areas had with no water, no food and no electricity supplies.
How is Caritas responding in the Philippines?
Along with our network partners, CRS (Caritas USA) and Caritas Philippines, we are working in close coordination across a number of dioceses. The international network's emergency rapid response has helped over 1.2 million people to date; delivering emergency food, shelter, water and sanitation, and psycho-social support in all affected provinces. We are targeting the worst hit coastal areas in Ormoc and Palo in Leyte, and Basey in Samar amongst other areas. Initial relief efforts include:
- Over 57,409 tarpaulins for emergency use
- Emergency shelter
- 1 million water purification tablets to ensure people have access to safe, clean drinking water
- Water supply and hygiene, including latrines, bathing cubicles and water tanks
- Cash for work programs to construct shelter and help remove debris, facilitating the delivery of aid
- Essential food aid
- 40,000 household relief kits
- Psychosocial support
- Livelihood support including the provision of fishing boats
Through the generous support of the Australian community, Caritas Australia has reached almost 650,000 people across twelve dioceses. Caritas Australia staff members have been deployed to assist in areas such as assessment, debris clearance coordination and shelter construction.
We continue to work tirelessly to reach people most in need, although the destruction to roads and infrastructure, debris and lack of transport have made access and communication difficult. Over 57,409 tarpaulins have now been distributed, along with 23,000 food packs, 32,538 water kits, 39,604 hygiene kits and 55,000 kits of essential non-food items like cooking supplies and blankets in areas such as Palo, Ormoc and Samar, where thousands of people have had their homes completely destroyed. In addition, latrines have been constructed and locals have been employed in cash-for-work programs to help clear debris and construct much-needed shelter in Tacloban, Leyte and Samar.
Following this initial response stage all money raised from our emergency appeal will be directed to our ongoing rehabilitation programs to help families rebuild their homes, communities and livelihoods. Donations may be used for more disaster preparedness training in this vulnerable region as communities’ ability to identify and respond to disasters with speed is proven to save lives, livelihoods and property.
Reconstruction is underway and I am so thankful for Caritas Australia and to the Australian community for giving their support and their prayers. Knowing that we can rehabilitate my city - that is where my strength comes from.”Cris Lopera
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How you can help
With the generosity of our Australian supporter community, we have raised over $6 million for our Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. The appeal has now closed however you can still donate to Caritas Australia's Emergency Response Fund to help deliver vital emergency aid around the world wherever and whenever emergencies occur. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.