Philippines Typhoon Haiyan: Oxfam's take on the first month of response

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  • Author: Oxfam
  • Copyright: Oxfam
  • Date: 9 December 2013

One month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Peter Struijf, Oxfam Program Manager, gives a quick overview of the response to date, and the current situation in the most affected areas.

After the initial chaos caused by Haiyan's impact, local, national and international organizations have worked well together with the government, to improve coordination, expand the aid effort and save lives.

However, major gaps remain, with millions of people especially in rural and hard to reach areas, having received little official aid. The relief effort must expand faster to provide enough assistance to everyone who needs it.

In addition, substantial longer term support will be needed to prevent affected areas, many of which were already amongst the poorest parts of the Philippines, sliding further into poverty, and exposing communities to greater risks from the next typhoon in a disaster prone country.

Read Oxfam's one-month report: Typhoon Haiyan: The response so far and vital lessons for the Philippines recovery

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