Typhoon Relief in the Philippines
4.1 Million People Displaced
On Friday, November 8, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines with heavy winds and flooding rains. It damaged or destroyed millions of buildings, leaving 4.1 million displaced from their homes.
The storm also took down some 33 million coconut trees. ARC's Mobile Sawmill Project will work to convert those trees - before they begin to decompose - into lumber families can use to rebuild.
You can make a donation now to support people in Philippines and help families begin the process of rebuilding.
Boys carry one of the emergency shelter kits distributed by ARC days after the typhoon.
1.2 million homes were damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. People are living in the rubble. There’s a shortage of lumber and building materials - making getting started with recovery very difficult on families.
There is a solution: coconut wood. 33 million coconut trees were downed or damaged in the typhoon.
ARC will soon begin deploying mobile sawmills and work crews to the most devastated areas of Leyte and Samar. Our teams will harvest the wood, milling it into planks, beams and studs for rebuilding. Our work crews will race to produce as much lumber as possible, before the coconut trees begin to decay. In the next 3 months, we should be able to produce enough lumber for 5,000 or more families to rebuild.
The team has helped several thousand survivors by:
- Distributing emergency food packages, shelter kits, hygiene kits, mosquito nets and fuel
- Providing essential medicines and supplies
- Starting recovery activities, early - clearing trade routes, removing downed trees and other debris and building a temporary bridge
- Distributing shelter materials for rebuilding - nails, roofing materialsm saws, hammers and protective wear (wheelbarrows and shovels for debris removal)
- Distributing root vegetable seeds to help families return to their livelihoods
The team has been engaging with local partners to respond to urgent needs. We worked with Disaster Immediate Response Team to recover deceased victims in a dignified manner that protects the health of surviving residents.
As families begin the process of rebuilding, we want to help them build back better. That includes promoting the use of superior building materials and techniques, so that homes will stand up better to future typhoons.
Our hearts go out to people who've lost loved ones and their homes and belongings in this terrible storm. We'll continue to be there for families in any way we can.