Emergency aid to those affected by typhoon Haiyan
Provinces of Samar and Leyte, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
555 families (2,775 people)
December 2013 – May 2014
At 4.30am on 8 November, the super-typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) crossed the Philippines, devastating the Visayas and the central region of the country with winds of 235 km/h. It was recorded as the strongest typhoon that had ever touched land and it has had devastating consequences.
The We Are Water Foundation, through the World Vision International Foundation, wants to help the people affected, with two 10-litre drums for each family which they can use for collecting and purifying drinking water, the biggest problem the population is facing at the moment.
To date, the number affected by typhoon Haiyan has reached 13,280,000 people, of whom 4,330,000 are displaced and more than 380,000 are crammed into evacuation centres. The official figure for deaths is 4,460, but the scope of the destruction caused by the typhoon and the fact that many areas are still cut off leads to fears that the true death toll could exceed 10,000.
The main needs faced by the affected population are: food, drinking water, blankets, sleeping mats and basic hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, sanitary towels, etc.). It is estimated that typhoon Haiyan destroyed between 70 and 80% of the constructions on the coasts of the provinces of Leyte and Samar.
The beneficiary families will be those most in need, and they will be selected in cooperation with the local authorities and community leaders. The criteria will be:
- single-parent families (women with children).
- families with elderly, sick or disabled people.
- families with children aged under 5 and/or pregnant women.
- families without sources of income.
The aid will cover 555 families (2,775 people) from the eastern Visayas (provinces of Samar and Leyte) with two 10-litre drums for each family which can be used for collecting and purifying drinking water.