In pictures - Six month anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan

Six months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the central Visayas region of Philippines, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has worked with the Philippine Red Cross to provide emergency relief, health services and shelter support to over 1 million survivors. As communities struggle to recover, a  three year operation is underway to help rebuild the lives and homes of affected communities.

 

 

Communities in Tacloban City in Leyte province are attempting to rebuild their lives amidst the debris left behind by Haiyan. Most are living under temporary shelters made from tarpaulins and salvaged materials. Veejay Villafranca / IFRC

The Red Cross provided emergency medical services after Haiyan damaged or destroyed thousands of health facilities. Marites Bantilan (on right) of Balangiga in Eastern Samar gave birth to her 3rd baby inside a Red Cross mobile clinic just a day before the dismantling of the facility. Veejay Villafranca / IFRC

 

With water networks disrupted, the Red Cross provided a vital role  providing over 17 million liters of clean water to affected communities. Taps stands installed in temporary shelter sites in Leyte are helping to maintain the health of affected families and reduce the threat of waterborne diseases. Veejay Villafranca / IFRC

 

34 year-old Irene Collera,  has started selling coconuts along the highway in Palo, Leyte with capital received through the Red Cross unconditional cash grant program. Grants have been distributed to 75,000 households over the past six months as part of emergency relief efforts. Veejay Villafranca / IFRC

Over 1.1 million homes were damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. Most families are rebuilding their own homes and the Red Cross is providing tools, materials, technical advice and cash support  so that they can rebuild shelters that are more durable in the face of the impending typhoon season. Veejay Villafranca / IFRC

 

Michelle Macabinguk with her baby in Lawaan, Eastern Samar. She was the first mother to give birth in the mobile hospital established by the Red Cross in Balangiga town in Samar. Veejay Villafranca / IFRC

 

More than 500,000 households are at risk from the approaching storm season. Many are building sub-standard unsafe shelters using salvaged materials located in areas that are highly hazard prone. Tacloban, Leyte. Veejay Villafranca / IFRC

 

Families are coping as best they can to live in temporary shelters amidst the destruction. Over the next three years the Red Cross will be focusing its efforts on helping to restore the livelihoods of survivors and helping them to rebuild their homes. Tacloban, Leyte. Veejay Villafranca / IFRC