Typhoon Haiyan

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. 

Typhoon to date:

  • 11.3 Million affected – Over 10% of the country
  • 673,042 displaced – 45% in makeshift shelters
  • UN Estimates $301 Million needed in relief
  • 1,316 Evacuation Centers
  • Only a few days left of fuel in Tacloban
  • Electrical grid will be inoperable for 3-5 months

IDRN Response to Date:

  • 5 IDRN Teams on the Ground
  • Local Coordination Center Established in Tacloban
  • IDRN Reception Desk Created at Airport
  • Local FM Radio Broadcast Station Established
  • Teams have begun assessments and medical clinics
  • Working closely with UN and Philippines MilitaryHelpful 



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Comment by Elmer on May 12, 2014 at 10:41am

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Comment by Elmer on May 12, 2014 at 10:38am

Despite of the tragedy.. Uprooted coconut timbers can still be used for rebuilding semi permanent community centers, churches or even homes.

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Comment by Phillip Queen on February 1, 2014 at 8:47am

Hello everyone. Our new team called the (International Disaster Response Team (IDRT) has been established. Our mission is to provide professionally trained and experienced volunteers in rescue, medical, search, training, and incident management.  This team will consist of certified and experienced emergency service professionals from the United States and around the glob. As we wait for our non-profit status certification from the government we are able to assist the needs of disaster response in a planned response mode. Our goal is to establish teams of professionals to be able to respond within 24 hours of notification. Please contacts us for any assistance you may need. Thank you and be safe out there.

Comment by Phillip Queen on January 13, 2014 at 9:11am

I am trying to contact IDRN on the phone. Can anyone send me a contact phone number in the US? 

Comment by Alex Dane on January 8, 2014 at 10:00pm

While I'm at base these days, Pastor Alex Eduave and his team are in Ormoc and Tacloban helping in the organizing of the evangelical disaster response in both cities. They will proceed to Guiuan, Samar to prepare the place and two other municipalities for our next wave of massive relief op scheduled on 20 January thru 2 February. Pastor Alex is requesting more info (contact no. or email add) of Col Navidad, please.

Comment by Buddy Agunat on January 8, 2014 at 9:39pm
Hello! Everyone!
Hello! Greetings to you David!

I already transmitted your email measage to Elmer who just arrived in Tacloban yesterday. He is asking additional info about Col. Navida(possible contact number?) so he will be able to visit him. Internet access in EVSU Command center is not available that's why Elmer cannot be reached thru email.
Tomorrow, I will be going to Ormoc together with another volunteer to bring 5 boxes (91 Kilos) of medicines to Medical Networks for their medical missions in Ormoc and Tacloban areas.We will also bring food supplies for the EVSU team. By Saturday, we'll join Elmer and their team for two-days outreach programs for 200 children. His team at EVSU is composed of 10 volunteers. Let us continue to remember them in our prayers. By Sunday afternoon, we'll travel back to Manila. Thanks!
Comment by Alex Dane on January 7, 2014 at 6:29am

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06 Jan 2014

  1. Shelter and rebuilding livelihoods – present major concerns.
  2. Processing lumber from felled coconut trees is a top priority, and new partners are required immediately to complete the processing in the next few weeks.
  3. Some evacuation centers will be closing down after concrete policy guidelines for improving the standard of bunkhouses has been agreed by both the government and humanitarian community and selection criteria developed. People living in those ECs will be relocated to the bunkhouses; priority will be given to people living in schools to pave way for the reopening of those schools and other centers that need to be used for other purposes.
  4. Another batch of humanitarian cargo has arrived on Thursday, 2 January. The next Sea transport will be organized on 12 Jan; interested agencies/organizations should submit their requests by 7 Jan.
  5. Logistic Cluster continues to provide temporary storage facility (for a maximum period of 72hours) to partners that are in need of storing their goods for short period while organizing distribution.
  6. Enormous shelter needs persist in affected areas. However, funding for the Shelter and Camp Coordination and Camp Management Clusters is lagging well behind overall funding levels. Partners are encouraging additional actors – especially the private sector – to become involved and are working with the Government to resolve issues over bunkhouses. Greater support is needed to rebuild livelihoods and market mechanisms, particularly as food assistance decreases in the coming weeks and months. According to traders in Guiuan, local markets are still only functioning at 30 per cent of pre-typhoon levels.
  7. The DPWH has built 116 bunkhouses for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. There will be 24 families or 120 persons each bunkhouse. An estimated 2,800 families or up to 14,000 will benefit from the project. NDRRMC said there will be bunkhouses in the following areas: 10 in Tacloban; 11 in Palo, Leyte; 18 in Basey, Samar; 18 in Marabut, Samar; 26 in Guiuan, Eastern Samar; 30 in Hernani, Eastern Samar; and 3 in Giporlos, Eastern Samar.
  8. The coastal areas in Tacloban will be planted with mangroves. Mangroves can decrease strength of storm surge by 70 percent.


Comment by Alex Dane on January 7, 2014 at 6:05am

Our team just got home from our 8-10 Dec (Ormoc) to 11-14 Dec (Tacloban) and Ormoc again 15-20 Dec relief operations. Our next wave of relief (and rehab) will be in Guiuan, Eastern Samar on 20 January - 2 February, Sir. This will also be a massive collaborative effort.

Comment by Mike Adams on January 3, 2014 at 2:55am

I am returning to Tacloban to launch a recovery phase FM radio station that will run from early JAN (as soon as I can get there) thru the end of March.   We are doing this with WV and some UNFPA funding.  We are going beyond basic Emerg info now to the next phase and community feedback is a big thing to look into.  I'd love to know what communities our parnters are still working in?

@Elmer   are you still in town?   TAc airport reception center still in operation?   what is estimated time to close, if not already?

@IDRN  who else is still in town?  

Blessings, Mike

Comment by CREST MALAYSIA on December 18, 2013 at 10:12pm

4 out f 6 have running nose,  fever, cough, sore throat, and diarrhoea(1). ?? extreme weather hot , wet rain and lack of sleep. Inban and team DRINK +++.

Resting while recovering.

Comment by Elmer on December 18, 2013 at 4:36pm

Hey Inban & All those who are coming in to Tacloban via Airport or Seaport of Ormoc from Cebu , Please give me a call  0928 602 8655  (smart )   and  0917 2068517 (Globe ).

If you are arriving via Tacloban Airport, there's an IDRN/CIS/PNP  NGO welcome center  big tent (blue color)  about 250-300 sq.m  wide  .. you can stay there while waiting for your transpo  or even overnight or many days.. but you should have your own mosquito nets and or sleeping bags..theres a water pump, toilet and stove for cooking. Village of Hope team are now staying there

Comment by David Andrew Bopp on December 18, 2013 at 8:34am

Hey Guys! An update from Inban on the ground! 

Hi David! HAND RAT comprise of Troy Roberts, Karun, myself & Fergie Fernanado (Filipino brother who know ground zero well). We arrived in Cebu & hosted by Nazarene Mission House. The flight from/to Tacloban is fully booked till after Christmas & therefore we will be taking a boat @ 0515 am on 18th Dec '13. We will be in Tacloban & surrounding areas focused on an independent 'Rapid Village Assessment' for reconstruction of communities as response & aid continues from various groups around the world. The following was noted: 
1) As food & aid has poured in continuously without coordination as every group is doing their own thing. While it is positive there does not seem to have a Central place we can report or find out who is being helped & who needs more attention. 2) Was told that food & relief has reached many places but still there are pockets being on the fringe who are struggling. We hope to focus on these groups & also see how we can assist. 
3) We will also look more into reconstruction as we see the need to focus on a small area or group of people & work them in specific areas. 
4) Will be meeting different groups of people in crisis & partners before deciding what is manageable & can assist effective. 
5) Have informed Elmer of our visit & will be calling him once we reach Tacloban. Not sure if he is available or convenient for him to see us. Will be meeting Dennis Koh from Bethel this evening who is doing relief in Tacloban as well to see what ways we can possibly support or partner in their relief affords. 

Comment by Buddy Agunat on December 17, 2013 at 11:08pm

To all partners who are engaged in debris removal activities:

DOH and WHO are concerned about the health of your debris removal workers as their activates expose them to high risk for tetanus infection through injuries. We would therefore like to encourage the vaccination of all your staff against tetanus. In order to provide sufficient stocks of vaccines to the respective Rural Health Units in which your staff/volunteers can receive the vaccination we would need to know the following:

· number of staff/volunteers in your programme(s)

· municipalities in which your teams are working/residing so that we can equip the respective RHUs with sufficient stocks.

Please note that we would recommend a first vaccination followed by a second one after 4 weeks to ensure full protection against tetanus infection. We would like the RHU's to run line lists to have an overview of how many debris removal workers have benefited from the support and hope this is acceptable for you. We will be in touch again soon with details on how your workers can receive the vaccines (many already attending the RHU's for it and it remains as simple as that…plus the line list).

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