cbm makes sure that people with disabilities are not left behind
Super typhoon Haiyan – locally known as Yolanda – slammed the Philippines on Friday, November 8th, 2013.
Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit land, was rated category five with sustained winds of 235 kilometres per hour. The typhoon triggered mudslides, flash flooding and a storm surge with waves up to 10 metres.
According to news reports 6,201 people have died and 1,785 people are still missing. 14.5 million people are affected and 4.1 million people are displaced. Houses were flattened and roads and airports damaged, impeding emergency deliveries of drinking water, food, medicine and shelter. In the worst-affected provinces there is no electricity and communication is difficult.
cbm has 10 partner organisations in the Philippines that have been affected
For every person that dies during a disaster, it is estimated that three people sustain an injury, many causing long-term disabilities.
cbm’s Emergency Response team is already on the ground and has been monitoring the situation with its partners in the Philippines to ensure that the emergency response is inclusive. The cbm family has provided over one million dollars to help people most at risk, much more will be needed to support long term injuries and disabilities sustained in the typhoon.