typhoon Haiyan

Why aid delivery isn’t instant — and ways it could be faster

Blog: Why aid delivery isn’t instant — and ways it could be faster

When our rapid assessment teams came back from Leyte and Eastern Samar, they came from a total information blackout into a storm of angry and combative debate on the efficiency of government response to supertyphoon Haiyan victims. A couple of my colleagues marveled at how negative the atmosphere was and admittedly, the debate has gotten pretty exhausting and polarizing. Everywhere I go, whether it’s a dinner, a team meeting, an email exchange or social media, the conversations run along the same questions. Why is government response so slow?

Learning lessons in the Philippines

Blog: Learning lessons in the Philippines

It is only three years since the world was shocked by Haiti’s earthquake and Pakistan’s terrible floods in the same year. That was 2010, and both governments and private donors responded with massive generosity. International humanitarian aid shot up to US$20.2 billion to attempt, at least, to cope with the ‘year of two megadisasters.’

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam Appeal to Aid Typhoon Survivors

Blog: Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam Appeal to Aid Typhoon Survivors

Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm in the world this year and quite possibly the most powerful to ever hit land. Thousands are feared dead, and local emergency food stocks are dwindling.

We are urgently trying to reach 500,000 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Our priority is to reach the most vulnerable families with safe water and sanitation facilities.

Emotivo discurso del embajador de Filipinas: un poderoso alegato para luchar contra el cambio climático

Blog: Emotivo discurso del embajador de Filipinas: un poderoso alegato para luchar contra el cambio climático

Ayer, durante la jornada inaugural de la cumbre del clima de la ONU en Varsovia, representantes de países de todo el mundo llenaron la sala de conferencias para escuchar a Yeb Sano, principal negociador sobre el clima de Filipinas. En su intervención, describió “la devastación inimaginable, horrible y sin precedentes que el tifón Haiyan ha dejado a su paso –el mayor tifón de la historia reciente–”.

The Mondejar sisters draw water from a well.

Blog: Philippines typhoon: In search of safe water to drink

Oxfam's early assessment team has sent through this report from Cebu island, Philippines.

Meet the Mondejar sisters: Nelia, Sarah Jane and Rizza Mae. They are aged 10, 8 and 5 respectively. Next to them is their friend, Jennylyn Pepito, 6 years old. They are all housed in one of the classrooms of Daanbantayan National High School, which currently serves an evacuation center for 160 families on Cebu island.

Philippines rep's tearful testimony makes compelling case for climate action

Blog: Philippines rep's tearful testimony makes compelling case for climate action

At the opening of the UN climate talks in Warsaw yesterday representatives of countries from around the globe packed into the conference hall to hear the lead climate negotiator for the Philippines, Yeb Sano, describe the ‘unthinkable, horrific and unprecedented devastation left in the wake of Typoon Haiyan - the strongest typhoon in modern recorded history’.

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