The Philippines, one year after Typhoon Haiyan

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CARE
CARE's Efren Mariano and ITV crew

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013. The lethal combination of 175 mph winds and heavy rains brought unprecedented devastation.

An estimated 16.1 million people were affected:

  • At least 6,300 people lost their lives
  • 1.1 million homes were damaged or destroyed
  • 4.1 million people were displaced – nearly four times as many as those left homeless by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
  • 5.9 million workers lost their livelihoods and source of income to support their families

ITV On Assignment

ITV News presenter Mark Austin was one of the first journalists to arrive after the typhoon hit. One year later he returned to see how people are managing to rebuild their lives. He joined us to visit some of the remote areas where CARE has been working.

ITV’s On Assignment report: Return to Tacloban: One year on from Typhoon Haiyan's devastation was broadcast on ITV1 Wednesday 29/10/2014.

In the village of Bayabas, Leyte, ITV filmed as CARE shelter advisor, Efren Mariano, instructed locals on how to implement new strengthening techniques and metal bracing that will make houses safer and sturdier.

CARE's Rachid Boumnijel with ITV presenter Mark Austin © CARE / Laura Gilmour

CARE's Rachid Boumnijel with ITV presenter Mark Austin

After the initial emergency phase, we distributed Shelter Repair Kits of corrugated sheets, tools, plastic sheeting and a small cash grant to be used for additional materials. We then supported local carpenters by creating 'Roving Teams' – each team consisting of one community mobiliser and two carpenters who travel from house to house in their villages to train and advise local people on our 'Build Back Safer' Techniques.

CARE's livelihoods advisor, Rachid Boumnijel, talked Mark Austin through our longer term support which helps people to find new sources of income. The typhoon destroyed 33 million coconut trees and so we are helping coconut farmers find alternative ways of earning a living such as banana or rice farming, whilst some women have used the money to open a beauty salon or peanut butter company.

Most of this has been possible through the incredible generosity of the British public who raised an astounding £95 million for the DEC Philippines Appeal. We continue to be committed to the Haiyan response, helping to rebuild lives in the months and years to come. Your donations help to make our vital work possible.

Thank you

School children holding up their thank you messages to CARE supporters Maricum Leyte © CARE / Laura Gilmour

CARE's response to Typhoon Haiyan

In the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, we provided emergency support to some of the most remote and worst-hit communities. Despite severe damage to roads caused by flooding, CARE began distributing food relief packages just eight days after the storm. We also delivered emergency tarpaulin for people to cover their houses and cash grants to help people restart their businesses.

Jeannie Nola receiving her CARE package shortly after the typhoon © CARE / Thomas Haunschmid

Over the past year, CARE has provided:

  • 252,115 people with food assistance
  • 59,984 people with emergency shelter supplies
  • 9,484 children with food through the 'School Feeding Programme'
  • 77,068 people with high-quality 'Shelter Repair Kits'
  • 135,200 people with cash grants to restore their businesses or start new ones
  • 220 training sessions on livelihoods planning and good household money management
  • Training on 'Build Back Safer' techniques to over 500 community carpenters
  • In total, CARE has reached 318,650 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, 118,650 more than our original goal
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