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Philippines: Rebuilding typhoon-shattered communities, from Bopha to Haiyan

17-12-2013 Feature

Natural disasters are common in the Philippines and this year, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central Philippine coastline with extraordinary force. In December 2012, Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) also caused staggering levels of damage when it hit eastern Mindanao, sweeping away villages and destroying livelihoods. In the wake of Pablo, the ICRC and the Philippine Red Cross launched income-generation and infrastructure rehabilitation projects in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental to help get people back on their feet. As the post-Haiyan rebuilding process gets going in earnest on Samar Island and other areas, these 360° images show some of the achievements one year after Bopha.

“We are committed to supporting the long-term recovery of Samar Island communities”, said Pascal Mauchle, the ICRC's head of delegation in Manila. “Meanwhile, we continue to respond to the essential needs of the affected population by distributing food and ensuring access to drinking water and basic health-care services.”