21 March 2014
New statistics suggest millions of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan are unable to go home, months after the disaster.
Figures from the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council show that at the end of January 100,000 people were still living in evacuation centres, and four million were living in accommodation that was not their own.
The typhoon struck on 8 November last year and affected 16.8million people. As well as causing death and injury it destroyed homes and wrecked livelihoods for farmers and fishermen.
Hundreds of thousands helped by the Red Cross
Since the typhoon struck the Philippine Red Cross has been bringing vital aid to those affected, with support from partners including the British Red Cross. This help has included:
cash grants for 57,555 families, allowing them to buy essential supplies
health care for 5,614 patients in the regions of Leyte and North Cebu
almost 700,000 relief items including blankets, kitchen sets, tents, mosquito nets and tarpaulins.
training for 1,507 volunteers and community health workers.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will continue to help people affected by the disaster in the years ahead.
British Red Cross recovery operations manager Ted Tuthill said: “These statistics show that while much has been done, the need for help is still absolutely huge. So we’re working flat out to create a detailed recovery plan to support people as they get their lives back on track and prepare for future disasters.
“Helping affected communities find work and build safe housing will be big priorities for the British Red Cross.”