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APBAid UPDATE ON RESPONSE TO HAIYAN DISASTER IN PHILIPPINES
PERIOD COVERED: MARCH-APRIL 2014
The months of March and April saw a dawning of hope for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Even though signs of devastation still remain in the scenery, the strong spirit of resilience ushered in new and challenging opportunities of building partnerships for early recovery effort in the affected areas. For the APBF member-Conventions significant progress has been made in terms of building shelters, recovery of livelihood and trauma care.
At the end of February 2014 we received this report from the APBAid (Asia Pacific Baptist Aid) reconstruction effort in the Philippines:
It is now more than three months since super typhoon Haiyan caused extensive damage to life, housing, livelihoods and infrastructure in the poorest provinces in central part of the Philippines. Filipino Baptist Churches were right in across the affected areas. Support from Asia Pacific Baptist Federation (APBF) member groups, delivered through APBAid brought much appreciation and encouragement to these churches. The Baptist Conventions of the Philippines were able to assist over 20,000 households with relief items.
Category 5 super typhoon Haiyan, locally named "Yolanda" struck central Philippines islands of Leyte and Samar on November 8, 2013. It made a landfall of sustained windswept upto 235 km/h, a gust of 275 km/h and waves as high as 15m. We have seen the pictures and the reports on our TV News and in our papers. The numbers of those affected and the number of dead are still fluctuating as different reports come in. UN sources estimated 11 million people were affected with 673,000 displaced. Initial reports indicated at least 10,000 people had died in the storm. The official death toll began much lower but is still rising. Tacloban city in Leyte has received the most news coverage. It has been substantially destroyed by the storm and by the tidal surge that came with the storm.
The Philippine President, Benigno Aquino has declared the disaster as 'national calamity' on Monday November 11th.