Typhoon Haiyan: Concern Worldwide Responds, AOL Helps

December 16, 2013

One month after Typhoon Haiyan tore across the Philippines, shredding everything in its wake, Concern Worldwide is responding to emergency needs of 10,000 families on the western island of Panay. Much of our focus has specifically been around the municipality of Concepcion, where approximately 45 percent of the people live below the poverty line and more than 80 percent of all households were either severely destroyed or damaged in the storm, according to the mayor’s office.

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Restoring Fishermen’s Livelihoods

Concern launched a program to restore the livelihoods of families in Concepcion, a municipality in eastern Panay, by repairing more than 1,000 fishing boats that were destroyed in the typhoon. In Concepcion, many coastal communities base their livelihoods on fishing, particularly of anchovies, blue crab, herring, and sardines.

Losing their boats is losing their lifeline to their source of food and income—the sea. “We have no money to rebuild our boat,” says Anchel Joy, the wife of a fisherman in Concepcion. “I’m not sure what we will do.”

Emergency Relief to More than 11,000 People

To date, Concern has reached more than 11,000 people with relief items like tarps, blankets, solar lights, kitchen sets, jerry cans, mosquito nets, and soap. Distributions are ongoing and will continue to focus on the poorest and most vulnerable, which we work with local governments to identify.

A Long Road to Recovery

More than 14 million people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, the strongest storm ever to make landfall with wind gusts up to 186 mph. Some four million people were displaced as a result of the typhoon, only three percent of whom are living in formal evacuation centers. According to official government figures release on Sunday, December 8th, 5,924 people died in the storm and 1,779 are still missing.

Losing their boats is losing their lifeline to their source of food and income—the sea.