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2013-11-12
Responding to the Disaster of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines 2

While the news is reporting that the Super Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines on November 8th, 2013, has devastated the Philippines, AMDA dispatched two coordinators as the second team. They will arrive in Manila at 1:20 pm on November 14th.

According to the AMDA's nurse who has been working for relief efforts in the island of Bohol in the Philippines, the Super Typhoon Haiyan has not caused great damage to the island. However, the strong wind from the tropical low pressure was disturbing the islanders. The aftershock also continues to affect the local area.

On the island of Leyte, the most severly damaged area from this Super Typhoon, the aid is continuously lacking because land as well as air routes of the island have been closed due to the great damage. The function of the local government is paralyzed, the security is worsening and riots and looting are happening in some areas.

Upon arriving in Manila, the second team will meet with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and local stakeholders to discuss new relief efforts in the affected areas.

According to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 2,357 individuals were reported dead, 3,853 injured and 77 are still missing. A total of approximately 8 million persons (1.73 million families) were affected. Of the total affected, approximately 534,000 persons (113,000 families) were displaced both inside and outside evacuation centers. There are 1,099 evacuation centers that have been set up and approximately 360,000 persons have been served inside the evacuation centers. The damaged houses increased to be approximately 237,000 houses (The Philippine National Disaster Countermeasures Headquarters, November 14th, 2013 report).

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