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Typhoon-ravaged Tacloban sees first signs of international aid effort

While the World Food Programme was able to distribute rice to nearly 50,000 people in Tacloban on Wednesday, the agency said in its Twitter feed that the challenge was now "getting food from Manila to the people who need it most".

"The logistical challenges are still enormous given the scale of the disaster," said Alvaro Villanueva, of Action Against Hunger. "Access to the worst-affected areas is extremely difficult given the extent of the damage and the geography."

On the Ground in the Philippines: “The Situation is Terrible.”

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Action Against Hunger’s teams have been working tirelessly to provide aid to vulnerable areas. Yesterday, we deployed an emergency response team from Manila to receive the second cargo plane carrying 21 tons of water and sanitation equipment and food rations into Tacloban. These emergency supplies are desperately needed: this devastating storm has left more than 11 million people without food, water, or shelter.

U.N. Relief Official to Help Coordinate Aid Efforts

Still, Ms. Ferris and other experts said the Philippines was relatively well positioned to handle the crisis, even as it evoked images of the devastation wrought on impoverished countries by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the January 2010 Haiti earthquake.

“In the Philippines, you have a functioning government. That’s the main difference,” said Andrea Tamburini, the director of operations at Action Against Hunger, an emergency group that operates in 47 countries. “The country goes into recurrent crises. They have a much better way of coordinating.”

Nine Million in Need of Aid in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Seventy-two hours after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, Action Against Hunger teams continue to deliver and scale up emergency humanitarian aid to affected populations. Our teams in Tacloban, Bohol and Masbate have identified the most vulnerable areas. It is estimated that some nine million people are currently in need of lifesaving assistance.

Typhoon Haiyan’s Devastating Violence Leaves Millions in Need across the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) crossed the Philippines with devastating violence two days ago, leaving behind untold destruction and an initial estimate of 1,200 deaths that early evidence suggests may exceed 10,000. An estimated 4.3 million survivors have lost everything and are in need of immediate assistance, with some regions completely cut off from humanitarian assistance. 

Philippines Makes Major Commitment to Promote Nutrition

Editor's Note: As we've just reported, Pakistan has signed on to the SUN Movement, which allows countries to collaborate with donors and partners in development to increase nutritional interventions where they are most needed. We're pleased to share that another country in the Action Against Hunger network, the Philippines, has also just signed. Read below to learn more from our in-country Advocacy Manager.

Typhoon Bopha: Portraits of Survival in the Philippines

Typhoon Bopha, which devastated the Surigao del Sur region of the Philippines when it hit in December, destroyed the livelihoods of more than six million people.

Our teams have been hard at work in the region, supporting the recovery of those affected by distributing food, building temporary shelters and latrines, and delivering sanitation and hygiene training.

Two months after the disaster, we’re proud to publish the stories of some of the brave survivors who are fighting hard to rebuild their lives, and to keep their families safe from hunger and disease.

Emergency Relief Efforts Scaled Up in Typhoon-Stricken Philippines

Incessant, heavy rain is making rehabilitation efforts challenging in the Surigao del Sur region of the Philippines, where Typhoon Bopha hit last month. But no challenge is too great for our Action Against Hunger emergency responders! We’ve distributed rice, oil, salt, sugar, canned meat, fish, and vegetables to some 12,000 individuals from 2,000 families.

In Pictures: Recovering From Typhoon Bopha

"Super Typhoon Bopha struck the southern Philippines island of Mindanao on December 4, severely affecting more than 6 million people, damaging 200,000 homes, and displacing 900,000. One thousand and sixty-seven people lost their lives, and 834 more remain missing. As Philippine officials struggle to rebuild, the damage to property has been estimated at almost $900m, most of it to agriculture, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Emergency: Typhoon Bopha Sows Destruction Across Southern Philippines

A large typhoon tore its way through the southern Philippines this week, leaving more than 450 people dead and as many missing. An Action Against Hunger emergency response team – with expertise in disaster logistics, nutrition, water and sanitation, food security, and psychology – has been deployed to conduct a rapid assessment in Surigao del Sur, one of the areas affected by the typhoon.

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