Typhoon Haiyan, one month later
One month after Typhoon Haiyan plowed through the Philippines, the recovery continues to progress as humanitarian aid strives towards rebuilding the ruined islands and helping survivors get back on their feet.
According to city administrators, rebuilding Tacloban, the hardest hit city in the region, will take at least three years. After one of the strongest storms on record hit the coastal areas on Nov. 8, an outpouring of international aid, led by the United States and the United Nations, focused on clearing storm debris and offering clean water and supplies to survivors.
But Valerie Amos, the U.N. Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, expressed concern with aid reaching the most remote islands.
“Although we’ve got significant aid now coming in to the major centers, we still have a little bit of a worry that in a couple of the smaller islands that there may be needs there that we haven’t managed to meet yet,” she said on Monday.
According to government figures released Sunday, Typhoon Haiyan left over 5,700 dead and over 1,700 missing throughout the islands. Nearly 4 million people were displaced from the storm.
The World Bank approved $500 million in funds on Friday to support the short-term recovery and reconstruction as well as long-term plans for housing, hospitals, schools and public facilities that can withstand future natural disasters.