Typhoon Terror

Image via flickr, courtesy of IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation

By Mossa

Typhoon Terror destroys Philippines and leaves 12,000,000 people in despair.

On the 8th of November 2013 between 03:00 and 09:00 GMT, one of the worst storms in record hit the Philippines and destroyed many people’s homes, schools and most businesses. The typhoon left 5,924 people dead and 1,779 people missing.

The Philippian Government said: “It left entire communities without immediate access to food and water”.

Seven countries including the US and UK have been aiding in the recovery effort which included supplying the Philippines with immediate food and water.

At their peak the relief efforts involved more than 13,400 US military personnel, 66 air crafts and 12 naval vessels.

It has been reported that planes are taking US residents home and leaving behind Philippine children 1-4 miles away to die which is not acceptable.

Even after two months of the initial hurricane, there are still some problems like flooding and missing people.

Image via Flickr, courtesy of USAID U.S. Agency for International Development

The recovery programme

The United Nations Developments programme is supporting the Government of the Philippines to develop recovery plans and restore the local government to enable them to re-establish public services in typhoon-affected regions.

The UNDP will assist the local governments with support, necessary equipment, electricity, water, sewage and waste management.

On 16th January it was reported by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) they have over 100 staff in the Philippines who are providing medicines, nutrition and hygiene supplies to families and children

One of the most crucial tasks is providing safe drinking water and hygiene as damage to water pipes and buildings have been severely damaged. UNICEF have given out water kits for over 350,000 people, and helped restore access to safe water for over 400,000 people.


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