says weeks after Typhoon Haiyan struck, it is still difficult getting aid to the people who need it in the Philippines.
“ The sheer size of this disaster combined with the logistical challenges of working in remote places and trying to procure supplies in a disaster zone (where there are ongoing power failures and some airports remain closed) has made it difficult for any agency to act as quickly as they would like.
Our emergency response team has spent many hours in transit including hours on a chartered dive boat to get from Cebu City to Leyte Island,” the charity said.
It said it was focusing on:
Emergency shelter materials for 6,000 of the most damaged households in Dulag, a rural region south of Tacloban city on Leyte Island that was at the centre of the storm’s path
o Technical guidance for 6,000 households about practical disaster-risk-reduction principles that will make their homes increasingly disaster resilient—crucial in a country that suffers an average of 20 typhoons per year.
o Construction materials and technical advice for 600 of the most vulnerable families to help them build new disaster-resilient homes, representing a major improvement over their last home. Semi-permanent and easily expandable, each house will consist of a braced structural frame anchored in concrete foundations and a corrugated galvanized iron roof which incorporates standard hurricane detailing.
o Repairs to three severely damaged health clinics so they can resume services to the community. We will also provide essential medicines and medical equipment.
o Hygiene kits for 5,000 vulnerable households (24,400 people).