7 February 2014
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Hundreds of thousands of super-storm survivors have received British Red Cross aid since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines three months ago.
But as storms continue to batter the typhoon affected areas there is still much to be done.
The British public has generously donated £10m to the Red Cross appeal so far, enabling relief items such as toolkits, mosquito nets and jerry cans to be distributed to families in the hardest-hit areas.
Cash grants, clean water, emergency health services, medical supplies, emergency shelter, psychological support and family tracing services are among the other ways the Red Cross has been supporting survivors.
As the aid effort switches from emergency response to longer term support, the Red Cross will be helping families who have lost everything to rebuild their homes and their lives – a difficult struggle recently hampered by two major storms which saw flooding, landslides and wind damage hit Haiyan-affected areas.
In some places, 30 per cent of emergency shelter set up in the aftermath of the typhoon was damaged and destroyed by the latest storms Agaton and Basyang – the latest to hit the Visayas region.
Head of British Red Cross disaster management, Katy Attfield, said:
“When the typhoon tore through the Philippines it destroyed homes, wiped out livelihoods and claimed thousands of lives.
“Three months on, we are seeing definite signs of recovery but hundreds of thousands of people remain in urgent need of shelter and the means to support their families – helping these people remains our priority.”
Delivery of food, water and essential household items in the worst affected areas was at the heart of the initial Red Cross response.
The focus is now shifting to longer term recovery and equipping communities with the materials, skills and knowledge to enable them to build safer, stronger houses that can better withstand a disaster.
“The Philippines is no stranger to natural disaster and is hit by several severe typhoons every year,” said Attfield.
“Haiyan survivors have been incredibly resilient and it is vital they are empowered to build back better now, so they are protected in the future.”
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.