Road to Recovery: Post-Typhoon aid in the Philippines

IOM is in the middle of a massive operation to deliver shelter materials to 70,000 families who lost their homes during typhoon Haiyan. This video takes a look at the pace of recovery and gives a voice to those made homeless by the super-typhoon.

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A commitment to help affected communities in the Philippines

The Department for International Development’s (DFID) United Kingdom Aid (UKAid) hands over US$200,000 worth of humanitarian aid including shelter and repair kits, non-food items, and generators.

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Massive shelter response
A Roof over Their Heads
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Massive shelter response in Central Philippines

“Our aim is to help get people into safe, secure accommodation where they can rebuild their lives,” said Conrado Navidad, National Emergency Coordinator for IOM in the Philippines.

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Baby Yolanda’s story


Preventing Secondary Displacement, post-Haiyan

Being very resourceful and resilient people, repairs had started using collected debris very quickly after Haiyan waved her havoc-filled goodbye to the island of Panay. The desire to go home was also shown by the way that numbers continued to rapidly drop between our regular visits to the centres. But some people stayed – Why?

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Trying to Move On

IOM, UNHCR and the Philippine government register evacuees desperately trying to leave the devastated city of Tacloban.

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Little miracles: Story of Baby Alice





Little miracles: Story of Baby Alice

The people of Guiuan took the worst of Haiyan. When the storm surge hit Barangay Pagnamitan, it rose to over 20 m. Baby Alice’s mother held tight until trees fell upon her in the storm. She was killed, and Baby Alice got lost in the storm surge.

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IOM staffer embodies the spirit of Tacloban

“I am a responder and a victim too”, says Edmund Talle, procurement officer with IOM Philippines as we walk towards his home on the edge of Tacloban in the central Philippines. His house was blown clean away along with many of his possessions by typhoon Haiyan, but he still manages to find reasons to be grateful.

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Together with AmeriCares, IOM set up emergency health operations in typhoon-affected areas in the Philippines to support the overstretched public healthcare systems


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Estelita’s story


Supporting communities to rebuild and recover

“We have a crisis on our hands. There is an overwhelming need to get the most vulnerable – children, pregnant women, the disabled and elderly into safe shelter where they can receive aid.” Director General William Lacy Swing


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An IOM truck convoy leaves the Philippine capital of Manila in the early hours of 16 November bringing life-saving kits to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city.

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IOM, a co-lead for camp coordination and camp management under the humanitarian cluster system, is appealing for US$21.5 million to respond to the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. A total of $16 million will be spent on providing emergency shelter.

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An estimated 11.5 million people are affected by Typhoon Haiyan; 544,600 people remain displaced. Trucks and fuel are urgently needed to deliver aid. Debris and logistics continue to severely constrain the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

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Radio Drama Calls on Typhoon-affected Communities in the Philippines to ‘Rise Together’

Philippines - IOM today launched an innovative radio drama which aims to educate and inspire Typhoon Haiyan survivors living in Tacloban, the city most devastated by the disaster in November 2013.

The radio programme is part of IOM’s Communications with Communities (CwC) project that engages typhoon-affected communities through providing critical information and gathering community feedback.

Tindog Kita!, which means “Rise Together” in Waray, the local language of Tacloban, follows the fictionalized story of one family whose home and livelihood were destroyed when the typhoon tore through the central Philippines.

The Tindog Kita! storyline integrates key information on the most pressing concerns currently affecting families and communities, including how to build back safer, health and psychosocial problems, and protection issues such as the increased risk of human trafficking. Questions at the end of the radio drama encourage listeners to call in and share their feedback.

To gauge the effectiveness of the communications outreach, the calls will be logged on an innovative online platform, Community Response Map, and callers tested for comprehension of the key messages. This feedback platform is at the disposal of humanitarian partners in the typhoon-affected area.

The programme’s writer and director, veteran Filipino radio broadcaster Louie Quebec, explains: “Radio offers a highly effective way of conveying important messages to a wide audience and that is especially the case in Eastern Visayas, whose residents are known to be avid radio drama listeners.”

The show’s accompanying theme song, written in Waray by New Zealand-based singer and composer Robert Greaney of Health Songs International, echoes the aspirations of those affected by the typhoon to move forward and march to a better, more resilient tomorrow.


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