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Typhoon Haiyan

Trade Aid UK has provided immediate funding support to the Charity, Medair, to assist their emergency relief response to Typhoon Haiyan. Medair’s emergency teams are bringing urgent aid to the most devastated communities south of Tacloban City.

On 8 November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in Leyte province, Philippines, causing massive storm surges and widespread devastation. Tacloban City, home to 200,000, was effectively destroyed in a matter of minutes.

While early media attention and relief efforts justifiably focused on Tacloban City, many of the smaller and more remote communities to the south and west of the city were also decimated by Haiyan. An aerial survey revealed almost total destruction in the coastal areas of Leyte province. More than 1.75 million people in Leyte are believed to have been affected. Shell-shocked families need immediate help to survive the aftermath of this disaster and begin the long road back to recovery.

Medair’s Emergency Response Team is on the ground in Leyte province. They are identifying the most severely impacted communities and learning where the needs are greatest.  Based on  this assessment, Medair will focus its relief efforts on communities to the south and southwest of Tacloban city.
Medair’s expertise in multiple sectors of humanitarian aid is exactly what devastated families need after suffering a disaster like this. They are planning to deliver immediate relief for up to 120,000 people in three crucial areas of humanitarian aid:

1. Health Care
 The typhoon destroyed clinics, as well as medical supplies and equipment, leaving the injured and the sick without access to life-saving treatment. Medair will provide supplies and equipment, including medicine for children and adults, to meet most urgent medical needs of up to 120,000 people.

2. Shelter
 Haiyan destroyed homes and left families exposed to the elements during the rainy typhoon season. Medair will provide shelter materials, expertise, and construction support to 4,800 of the most vulnerable families. Using salvaged materials where possible, families will build and live in transitional shelters that will become the core of more typhoon-resistant homes in the future.

3. Safe Water and Hygiene
 The typhoon destroyed  vital infrastructure and left communities without access to safe drinking water or sanitation facilities. This leaves families at risk of contracting deadly waterborne diseases. Medair are distributing safe water and hygiene kits to 4,800 families to protect their health and limit their exposure to disease.

Medair is a member of the global Integral Alliance, a network that is committed to  increasing the capacity and quality of a united disaster response among partnering humanitarian organisations.  Medair helps people who are suffering in remote and devastated communities around the world survive crises, recover with dignity, and develop skills to build a better future. - See more at:


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