CARE Says One Year After Typhoon Haiyan Lots Has Been Achieved

It’s been over a year since one of the strongest storms in history slammed into the Philippines leaving destruction in its wake. Despite the devastation the storm caused, CARE Australia, the international aid organisation says the response to the disaster and the recovery in the country has been outstanding. There is still lots of work to be done in the region but there is good cause for optimism about the future.

Thousands left homeless

On the 8th of November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines killing over 6,000 people and leaving thousands of people homeless. In fact the number of people that were left homeless was four times as many as the Boxing Day Tsunami. The storm hit one of the poorest regions in the Philippines and decimated thousands of family businesses, fishing boats, rice fields and coconut farms. Over 16 million people were affected which is double the population of either New York City or London.

  • Over the last year CARE and its local partners have managed to provide assistance to more than 318,000 people, offering financial assistance to help them rebuild their incomes, as well as life saving food and shelter.
  • Over a quarter million people received emergency food totalling 1,115 tonnes.
  • Roughly 60,000 people were able to receive emergency shelter supplies such as kitchen sets, tools and tarpaulins.
  • CARE also trained over 500 carpenters who are now able to help with the reconstruction effort.
  • Over 135,000 individuals have received financial assistance to help with the rebuilding of their businesses.

What has been achieved has been amazing

 Sandra Bulling who was one of the first responders in the brutally hit city of Tacloban and is now back in the Philippines says that despite the utter devastation the storm caused, what has been achieved in a single year has simply been amazing.

“One year ago, I arrived into a town that had essentially been wiped off the map. Thousands of lives were lost, palm trees had been snapped like toothpicks, ships were lying on their side hundreds of metres from the coast. Nothing had been spared, yet just 12 months on, the progress that has been made is remarkable.  Homes are being rebuilt stronger and safer, and lives are getting back on track. The stark difference between then and now is a true testament to the resilience of the people of the Philippines.” said Ms. Bulling.

Australians have been generous

As part of its Typhoon Haiyan Appeal, CARE Australia raised almost $1.5 million making it one the largest Australian responses to an international disaster since the Boxing Day Tsunami which occurred in 2004.

 “‘One year ago, thousands of Australians dug deep to support the people of the Philippines, and they deserve a sincere thank you for their outstanding support to the recovery effort,” said CARE Australia’s Manager Humanitarian and Emergency Response, Adam Poulter.

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