On Friday 8 November, Typhoon Haiyan (locally know as Yolanda) swept through the Philippines leaving thousands in desperate need of emergency support and many areas devastated by the impacts.
It was the largest tropical storm on record bringing high wind speeds, extreme rainfall, storm surges and landslides across the area. Over 13 million people were affected across the country. Around 4.4 million men, women and children were displaced due to their homes being completely destroyed by the disaster, leading to many people in desperate need of clean water, food, shelter, basic sanitation and medical supplies. Destruction of roads and airports made distribution of food and water resources immediately after the storm difficult, cutting off access to many communities.
Immediately after the typhoon hit, Y Care International was working with local partners based in the affected regions in the Philippines, allowing us to provide a direct and efficient response and distribution of aid to local communities worst hit by the typhoon. Food, clean water and temporary shelter have been reaching those hard to reach communities providing relief to many families.