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Situation Report Update

Philippines - Super Typhoon Haiyan


Volunteers filling bags with relief supplies

Volunteers from National Council of Churches in the Philippines prepare relief supplies for distribution. Photo by NCCP/ACT.

The estimated number of fatalities from Typhoon Haiyan continues to fluctuate between 2,000 and 10,000. Whatever the final numbers, Typhoon Haiyan's effects have been devastating, with aid channels slowed due to severe damage to infrastructure and officials urging residents of decimated cities such as Tacloban to leave and relocate.

Typhoon Haiyan, with the local name of Typhoon Yolanda, may have been the strongest typhoon on record, with sustained winds of 234 kph and gusts of 275 kph. It made landfall in the Philippines on November 8. The islands of Leyte and Samar were the most devastated by this super typhoon, in terms of number of casualties and damage to property.

At least 982,252 families, or 4,459,468 individuals, were affected in some way, with an estimated 101,762 families or 477,736 individuals displaced, the ACT Alliance reports.

Based on current assessments by partners in the Philippines:

There are still areas that have not yet been reached by government or non-governmental agencies.

The massive destruction of houses prevents families from returning home. As a result, there is an immediate and increasing need for plastic sheets for temporary cover and enclosed tents for families with vulnerable members.

Urgent needs include food, sleeping materials, water, blankets, tarpaulins, tents, medicines, mosquito nets, generators, hygiene kits and kitchen utensils.

Among the most urgent needs are safe drinking water and hygiene kits across all affected areas, as water pipelines may have been damaged and accessible water is not potable. There is acute lack of clean water and food for the population in all nine provinces where more than 9 million people are affected.

PDA Response

PDA is supporting early response and recovery efforts of fellow members of the ACT Alliance that have significant operations in the Philippines. These partners include the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Lutheran World Relief, Christian Aid and our mission partner, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.

Specific Response

The PDA-supported efforts include providing immediate assistance to more than 200,000 persons. Initial response efforts include providing:

  • emergency food to 259,000 persons,
  • non-food items (plastic sheeting, etc.) to 192,000,
  • water/sanitation repair for 205,000,
  • programs of cash for work for 63,400,
  • shelter assistance for 90,000,
  • disaster risk reduction programs for 2,500.

Food items to be distributed include rice, canned goods and dried beans. Non-food items include plastic sheeting, blankets and water containers.

ACT members intend to target subsistence farmers, small fishermen, poor urban dwellers and female-headed households among the most-affected by the typhoon, as they have very limited capacity, finances and resources of their own to recover from the recent disaster. 

A preliminary appeal from ACT was issued on November 13 in the amount of $17 million; the largest direct cost items are for food, shelter and water, and hygiene/sanitation items.

How you can Help

You can stand in the GAP for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan:

Give.  Share your financial blessings by designating gifts to DR000012-Philippines.  Individuals may give through their local Presbyterian congregation, online, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.  You can also text 'PDA' to 20222 to donate $10 for disaster response. 

Act.  Like us on Facebook PDACARES and share updates with your congregation or others.

Pray.  Please pray that through the response of the faith community, the people and communities impacted by Typhoon Haiyan and those offering assistance will be strengthened, have their needs met, and be reminded of the hope and compassion that are found  in Christ.


Note: Information for this update was provided by Church World Service.

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