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Philippines: reconstruction after typhoon Haiyan

ONE YEAR AFTER HAIYAN: reconstruction and progress

Over four million people lost their homes after the devastating typhoon in the Philippines.

(30/10/2014) No roof over your head. No dry clothes to wear and none in the cupboard. No idea what the future holds. 8th November 2013 is a date many in the Philippines will certainly never forget. With wind speeds of up to 315 kilometres an hour, typhoon Haiyan ripped across large parts of the island nation, accompanied by constant heavy rain. According to UN estimates, more than 4.1 million people lost their houses. More than 6,000 died. What has been happening since then?

There is great happiness about new school buildings!
There is great happiness about new school buildings! © Weihermann
With a roof over your head it is finally easier to learn again.
With a roof over your head it is finally easier to learn again. © Weihermann
In the building of new houses, it is primarily local materials that are used.
In the building of new houses, it is primarily local materials that are used. © Hofmeister
Filipino craftspeople are educating themselves in order to be able to build more securely in future.
Filipino craftspeople are educating themselves in order to be able to build more securely in future. © Weihermann
Together with local partners, Welthungerhilfe is building 1,000 new houses.
Together with local partners, Welthungerhilfe is building 1,000 new houses. © Hofmeister
According to the UN, more than 4.1 million people in the Philippines lost their homes as a result of typhoon Haiyan.
According to the UN, more than 4.1 million people in the Philippines lost their homes as a result of typhoon Haiyan.
More than 5,000 packages have been distributed to families and communities in need.
More than 5,000 packages have been distributed to families and communities in need. © Roxanne Oddie

Fast emergency aid: Families were provided with the basic necessities

It wasn’t just homes that were destroyed, but important infrastructure as well: roads, airports, hopsitals and utility services. Immediately after the typhoon, Welthungerhilfe started its emergency aid. Together with the local organisation Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), we provided 5,000 families with plastic sheeting, tools, ropes and patching material. This allowed the first temporary shelters to be constructed. In addition, we distributed mosquito nets and solar-powered lamps.

In cooperation with other aid organisations, more than 130 transportable water filter systems – named PAUL – could also be distributed to affected people. The water rucksack PAUL (Portable Aqua Unit for Lifesaving) weighs just 20 kilograms, functions without power and can be easily transported. Dirty water is poured into the top and, after a moment, drinkable water can be drawn from the outlet nozzle. PAUL can filter up to 1,200 litres of water daily and thereby supply approximately 200 people.

Building with vision: better houses thanks to skilled craft workers

It has been around one year since the typhoon. The disaster has disappeared from the headlines – but it still dominates the day-to-day life of the people there. In particular, the effects of Haiyan hit the poorer population hard. Welthungerhilfe has therefore begun to build houses for 1,000 families in the Pilar community. A further 750 will be erected by our partners PRRM. Four schools will also be repaired so that 3,200 children will, in future, once again have a suitable place for learning.

The construction is carried out on the ‘build back safer’ principle, this means that all new houses and schools comply with certain technical requirements, making them secure and, above all, storm-proof. The future is taken into account too in the close cooperation with the Filipino population: 340 craftspeople will be trained and will learn how simple but effective technical improvements can increase the resistance capabilities of houses in future storms. The knowledge then remains in the villages – so that people can build securely in future too.

Video: One year after typhoon Haiyan

On 8th November 2013, typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical storms in history, laid waste to the Philippines. One year later, Welthungerhilfe takes a look at the encouraging achievements in the reconstruction. 

Discover in this video how the residents of the Pilar province are being trained in crafts and housebuilding and how, thanks to construction training and new materials, they can now build stable and, above all, storm-proof houses and schools.

In the community of Pilar in the Philippines, we are carrrying out reconstruction projects following typhoon Haiyan, in cooperation with emergency architects and PRRM. Thanks to the Deutschen Lions, the PAUL water rucksacks can be distributed.

Last update: 03/11/2014

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