8 January 2014
Work to rebuild communities in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan moved up a gear this week, as the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement began planning for years of recovery projects.
The Movement is still supporting people affected by the November 2013 disaster with immediate life-saving aid and cash grants, but its work in the Philippines will now start to focus on long-term recovery.
This will include help for people to build new, safer homes and get back into work. Typhoon Haiyan affected 14m people, forcing 4m from their damaged or destroyed homes.
This week teams of experts from the Philippine Red Cross, British Red Cross and other parts of the Movement began field visits to gather more in-depth information about the typhoon’s impact.
Over the next few months, they will use these visits and other data to draw up detailed plans that will map out years of recovery work.
The planners must decide which locations and issues to prioritise, and avoid waste by making sure the Red Cross does not repeat work the Philippines government or other organisations are planning.
Recovery operations manager Ted Tuthill said: “Typhoon Haiyan had a devastating impact. The Red Cross has already helped hundreds of thousands of people affected by the disaster with vital aid such as food, clean water and blankets.
“But we’re not only here to help people survive – we want them to look forward to a brighter future. With careful planning, we can make sure our recovery work transforms as many lives as possible.”