The International Disaster Response Network
On the morning of 8 November, category 5 Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) made a direct hit on the Philippines, a densely populated country of 92 million people, devastating areas in 36 provinces. Haiyan is possibly the most powerful storm ever recorded. An estimated 11.3 million people in nine Regions— over 10 per cent of the country’s population—are affected. At least 673,042 people are displaced by the typhoon (55 per cent are in evacuation centers, the rest in host communities or makeshift shelters). Thousands of people have been killed or are still missing. Tens of thousands suffering from injuries, with the number of confirmed casualties still rising as more areas become accessible. The IDRN has mobilized and deployed 5 teams into Leyte. The teams have begun conducting assessments and have established medical clinics in the outlying Barangays (Villages) that are isolated throughout Leyte. A Local Coordination Center has been established and IDRN Teams have set up a local FM Radio Broadcast Station in Coordination with the United Nations to disseminate critical information to survivors. The IDRN has also set up a reception desk to help orient incoming teams and organize necessary transportation and accommodations.
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