Response to Typhoon

An article released on 13 March 2016 reviewed the efforts of the Philippines government in helping the victims of the typhoon Haiyan which struck in 2015.

What are the responses?

  • Call for more typhoon-proof architecture, but many residents are still living in temporary housing. 
  • As of 2015, only 10 per cent of permanent housing has been completed, leaving thousands still living in temporary bunkhouses across the city. 
  • More than half of the US$12.8 billion earmarked for housing projects had yet to be used. 
  • In Tacloban, almost 14,500 housing units had been targeted to be built on 21 resettlement sites, but only 660 units - less than 5 per cent - have been completed. 
  • Many in the city are still living in transition. Though permanent homes have been built for them, only half have moved out of their temporary bunkhouses as there is no water and electricity at the new sites

What happened?

  • More than 360,000 homes were left destroyed in Eastern Visayas in 2013 as a result of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones to hit the country. 
  • The area was the worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan, with more than 95 per cent of its population living beside the sea or near bodies of water before the typhoon. 
  • The Philippines' precarious position in the Pacific also means it is first in line to receive more than 20 typhoons each year. 
  • The government had initially set a target of moving communities 150 metres above sea level and aimed to build structures able to withstand wind speeds of up to 300km per hour.

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