Typhoon Haiyan - One year on: Recovery phase

Typhoon Haiyan damaged or destroyed well over 1 million homes. In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippine Red Cross provided nearly 624,000 people with emergency shelter - nearly one quarter of the total affected households. In recovery, the core shelter target is 40,000 houses.

Philippines. Panay, 2014. The frames are assembled following the establishment of the shelter’s base. Heike Kemper/Swiss Red Cross


Once the task is done, the base of the shelter is laid on top of the foundation. This particular base is suspended above the ground as a safeguard from small floods. Heike Kemper/Swiss Red Cross


Once the frames are finished, the full construction of the floor, walls, and roof begins. There are no additional rooms to this shelter. The living space may be divided as the occupants wish. Heike Kemper/Swiss Red Cross


When construction is done, painting the roof is the only remaining task. Heike Kemper/Swiss Red Cross


Building shelters for vulnerable persons is, at a glance, more tedious than difficult – the challenge lies within gathering the building materials, transporting them, mobilizing staff and volunteers, and coordinating with the local government and community. Once the administrative tasks are accomplished, the building process begins with the unloading of the truck. Heike Kemper/Swiss Red Cross


A completed shelter. It took a crew of around twenty people to complete this construction. Heike Kemper/Swiss Red Cross