Philippine Humanitarian Response Update

The World Health Organization (WHO) says people who sustained serious injuries from Typhoon Yolanda need greater access to rehabilitation and other critical services. 

“Hospitals in Manila and across the affected region are already treating around 20 people with spinal cord injuries, dozens with amputations and many more with serious fractures,” says Dr Julie Hall, WHO Representative in the Philippines. “With some of the more remote areas now accessible, we’re also seeing a second wave of people reaching hospitals with injuries.” Click here to read more,

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) estimates that over 14.9 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This includes 4.13 million people displaced from their homes, of whom an estimated 204,131 are still living in 1,031 evacuation centres. These numbers are expected to fall substantially in the coming days according to recent Government estimates.

The Philippine Government is finalizing the preparation of its Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan (YRRP), which prioritizes 1) shelter and public infrastructure; 2) livelihoods and employment; 3) local facilities; and 4) social services, including health and education. With the completion of the first phase of the Multi-Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA), the international community will launch its Strategic Response Plan (SRP) around 10 December. The SRP will outline activities to address urgent response gaps over the coming 12 months. Click here to read the latest OCHA Typhoon Haiyan Situation Report no. 20 (pdf).

As of 2 December, US$399 million has been contributed to the Typhoon Haiyan response, according to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS). Of this total, $172 million was contributed to the Typhoon Haiyan Action Plan by Member States, the Central Emergency Response Fund, multilateral institutions, private companies, individuals and others. The Haiyan Action Plan is currently seeking $348 million to implement immediate life-saving and early recovery programmes.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had started operating a cash-for-work emergency employment scheme in the typhoon-hit Philippines to bridge two phases — humanitarian relief and reconstruction, a regional head of that agency said at a Headquarters press conference. Click here to read more.