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November 15, 2013

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Filed under: Catastrophes — by Philip J. Palin on November 15, 2013

According to the November 14 update by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the consequences of Hurriane Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Central Philippines include:

Over 921,000 displaced people

Based on initial data, 243,595 houses are damaged (131,106 are totally destroyed
and 112,489 partially damaged).

Damaged water systems are causing limited or no water supply in affected areas. 239 municipalities do not have electricity as of 13 November. Water systems in these areas may not be fully operational as they often rely on power to pump water.

A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance. As of 17:00 on 13 November, 9,804 family food packs for 49,020 people were distributed.

At-risk groups amongst the displaced in evacuation centers include an estimated
112,000 children aged between 0 to 59 months and 70,000 pregnant and lactating
women who urgently require nutrition assistance.

Main roads are clogged with debris, cutting off remote areas and markets away from the population centres. There are increasing reports of fuel shortages.

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 15, 2013 @ 6:48 am

From the November 15 Manila Bulletin:

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said… all 23 towns covered by the relief hub in Tacloban were already reached and given relief goods consisting of 692 sacks of rice, water and canned goods.

The government has set up major relief hubs in Tacloban and Ormoc to facilitate the inflow of relief goods. These are among the areas heavily affected by ‘Yolanda’ which left more than 2,300 dead and laid waste to the Visayas region.

In Ormoc relief hub, Roxas said only seven out of 17 towns were reached so far, with a total of 4,375 family packs distributed.

The relief goods delivered, which could suffice the need of a family of five members for three days, is estimated at 11,072 food packs, he said via Twitter.

“Tomorrow we will do the same and make special effort to reach the unreached towns located in the northern and southern most extremities in the western (Ormoc) side,” he said.

Moreover, additional 20 trucks from the Armed Forces of the Philippines will be coming to the Tacloban City today, Friday, Roxas said in a televised press briefing.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 15, 2013 @ 7:45 am

And US assistance?

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 15, 2013 @ 7:49 am

As a former DoD GC Mr.Johnson as nominee for DHS should understand well the US International relief mission since it is delegated to DoD! Does he?

What is the role of DHS in international relief efforts?

Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 15, 2013 @ 8:13 am

Bill, As of yesterday US official assistance was valued at more than $22 million. Below is a link to the most recent USAID fact sheet.

In the Philippines the US response is generating a lot of positive attention, and often being contrasted with response by the Manila government and, especially, the response from China.

Given the tension between China and the Philippines it is, perhaps, not surprising to see it pointed out that IKEA is responding more generously to the disaster than Beijing.


Comment by William R. Cumming

November 15, 2013 @ 9:01 am

OFDA [Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance] in the State Department does have a role! My assessment and given US history in the Philippines past and future at least $1B should already have been pledged by the US!

Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 15, 2013 @ 9:24 am

Bill, Funding has not been the focus of my research, so I may have easily missed something important. But I understand that currently, in consultation with the Government of the Philippines, an initial pledge target of $301 million has been established for official international support. There are references to this amount increasing as on-the-ground assessments progress.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 15, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

And the dead not yet fully counted!

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