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In pictures – volunteers in the frontline of the Philippines response to Typhoon Haiyan

The response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was immediate with Red Cross volunteers among the first on the scene and able to provide first aid, psychosocial support and other relief. As the operation progressed, local volunteers led – and are still leading – the response. On International Volunteers Day

Within the first few hours of the typhoon making landfall, volunteers were working in Mindanao to assemble relief kits.

Within the first few hours of the typhoon making landfall, volunteers were working in Mindanao to assemble relief kits to be sent to affected communities.

 

Red Cross volunteers deliver  emergency water and food to the city hospital. Photo: Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

With so much damage to critical infrastructure, fresh water was an immediate priority. Volunteers helped transport water to hospitals. Red Cross volunteers deliver  emergency water and food to the city hospital. Photo: Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

 

Volunteers in Bakhaw Norte, left Duvill Duran, Donna Tan. Erros Ordines from Aklan Chapter on right. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

Volunteers in Bakhaw Norte, left Duvill Duran, Donna Tan. Erros Ordines from Aklan Chapter on right. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

 

Volunteer Duvill Duran in the barangay of Bakhaw Norte, Aklan district. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

Volunteer Duvill Duran in the barangay of Bakhaw Norte, Aklan district. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

 

Volunteer Lenita Macavinta-Diego used the megaphone when typhoon hit the barangay Aliputos. Aklan, Panay island. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

Volunteer Lenita Macavinta-Diego used the megaphone when typhoon hit the barangay Aliputos. Aklan, Panay island. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

 

Volunteers packing relief bags, Alfred Angelo Romero. One relief bag consists of 5kg of rice, 4 packs of noodles, 4 cans of sardines and some used clothing. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

Volunteers packing relief bags, Alfred Angelo Romero. One relief bag consists of 5kg of rice, 4 packs of noodles, 4 cans of sardines and some used clothing. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

 

Philippine Red Cross volunteers treating survivors of Typhoon Haiyan at a first aid post.

Philippine Red Cross volunteers treating survivors of Typhoon Haiyan at a first aid post.

 

10 days after the typhoon, residents of Dagami struggle to cope amidst the devastation. Every house in the town of 20,000 was badly damaged or destroyed. The Philippine Red Cross was one of the first organisations to distribute food relief to local residents.

10 days after the typhoon, residents of Dagami struggle to cope amidst the devastation. Every house in the town of 20,000 was badly damaged or destroyed. The Philippine Red Cross was one of the first organisations to distribute food relief to local residents.

 

Siblings of admitted pediatric patients help lead technician to dig a small trench during the set-up of the IFRC basic health care and surgical emergency response unit in Ormoc, Philippines. Gwen Eamer/Canadian Red Cross

Siblings of admitted pediatric patients help lead technician to dig a small trench during the set-up of the IFRC basic health care and surgical emergency response unit in Ormoc, Philippines. Gwen Eamer/Canadian Red Cross

 

Philippine Red Cross volunteers traveling to relief distribution in the back of the truck. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

Philippine Red Cross volunteers traveling to relief distribution in the back of the truck. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

 

The city of Tacloban was badly hit. Philippine Red Cross Leyte chapter was damaged during the storm. Volunteers Edwin Santos and Jeff Carando Mendos working in Tacloban. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

The city of Tacloban was badly hit. Philippine Red Cross Leyte chapter was damaged during the storm. Volunteers Edwin Santos and Jeff Carando Mendos working in Tacloban. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross


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