From te Red Cross perspective the mai challenge as been lack of stocks locally. Most of our disaster preparedness releif items were exhausted following the earthquake in Bohol a month ago and before that the crisis in Zamboanga in the south
scale of the disaster and the logistics needed.
communications only partially functioning, ports and roads blocked, remote areas difficult to reach. security is a concern in some areas.
Challenges include access,security, landing places for planes.
The infrastructure is appalling and logistics are very difficult. An established partner network and rapidly depl
oyed team on the ground has been GOAL's approach so far.
The local market has also been affected, which complicates the procurement of food at a local level.
This is a reader question from earlier from @HeardatUNSW - What #humanitarian #logistics improvements would enhance potential to save lives and livelihoods? #Haiyanaid
Additional transport capacity between Cebu and Ormoc would be very helpful.
education, early warnings, urban planning and building codes are key issues
The airport at Tacloban can only handle a limited volume of traffic so a pipeline into different ports in Leyte needs to be established
So, on the logistics - was this just a "too big" type of disaster for the government to cope with and ensure better logistics?
in Tacloban and Ormoc currently but the limits on what can be transported is a problem
Prepositioned stocks and equipment would be a big help
Every emergency is different and brings different challenges. In this case, alot of islands are affected and Manila remains the hub, so all the relief support is going to Manila as an operational airport is not available in Tacloban.
The Government has said as much and their own structurs in tacloban and other places has been hard hit too
Right now one of the main challenges is the lack of fuel to get around. The ERC has asked the US Military for a refueling depot.
@KirstenMildren, you mention prepositioned stocks and equipment, a good point. How can this be improved?
In any major disaster like this there is a degree of 'chaos' in the first couple of weeks until distribution systems kick in and some level of coordination is in place
Exactly, you have cars, you have helicopters, but no fuel.
Civil society, small local organisations etc. are always first responders in such a situation until the internal aid machinery gets up and running
When you are the most disaster-prone country in the world, supplies should be readily available. Unfortunately that is not the case - as most supplies had been used in two previous emergencies in recent months.
But presumably local responders and NGOs must have been quite hard hit themselves
in this case yes, deinately
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Local NGOs have been devastated but continuing to respond courageously
Patrick, don't worry about typos - I'll fix them :)
They've been hard hit themselves in tacloban but are deploying staff from other chapters in the region and are getting out in other areas like northern cebu and Palawan, lets not forget the impact in these places
Patrick, here is reader question directly for you: @Patrick, how is the Philippines Red Cross coping, and how have their preparedness systems been able to assist them in responding - or have they also been overwhelmed?
Just answered this one. They are stretched to the max with the consecutive crises in Zamboanga, the Bohol earthquake and the response to Typhoon Wutip in Luzon, but they have the manpower, its just the resources that are needed
These consecutive disasters, as Patrick mentioned, have made the population in the Philippines even more vulnerable.
It's hard to imagine how people and - aid agencies - can cope with so many disasters in such as short time span
Interesting observations that not enough stocks available to cope with multiple emergencies. Is this just an unlucky one-off, do you think, or is there a need for a humanitarian "rethink" to prepare better for a repeat of this kind of situation - for example, better regional preparedness?
So, Raul - what has Plan International's response been so far?
Its not been a good year for Philippines and until now we have struggled to attract funding as Philippines is perceived as a middle income country
regional preparedness within the Red Cross system is strong. Our first flights in have been relief stocks from our regional hubs in Kulala Lumpur and Dubai
climate change makes it likely that we will see more unpredictable and unprecedented weather events so we do need to rethink our preparedness
So far, we have distributed relief kits for 2000 people and in the following 24 hours we are expecting to cover 6,000 families, with WASH kits, shelter kits and clean water.
@Megan yes for sure. We know the Philippines needs help each year in the Typhoon season. But we have to bring the supplies in and appeal for funding. Imagine if they were on stand by nearby.
To speed up the response, we are looking to do airlifts to distribute the relief to remote areas, including Eastern Samar, Western Samar, North of Cebu.