Humanitarian Coordinator statement on Typhoon PabloDec 4, 2013
One year after Typhoon Pablo (known internationally as Bopha) claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in the Philippines, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Ms. Luiza Carvalho, called for continued support for people who lost their homes, loved ones and livelihoods in the tragic storm.
"As we continue to respond to the immense humanitarian needs of people affected by Typhoon Yolanda (known internationally as Haiyan), we remember the many whose lives were torn apart when Pablo tore through southern Mindanao one year ago and the partnerships we formed," said Ms. Carvalho.
Typhoon Pablo flattened coastal and inland communities and left over one million people without homes. Heavy rains and flooding affected more than 6.2 million people, claiming over a thousand lives and displacing at least 800,000 people.
After Pablo, the Philippines Government mobilized quickly and responded to needs, supported by the international humanitarian community. Hundreds of thousands of people received emergency medical, food and shelter assistance, as well as basic water, sanitation and hygiene services. Agricultural, livelihood and early recovery projects helped tens of thousands of people get back on their feet again.
“In less than the space of a year, we have been struck again by the forces of nature, this time in the form of Typhoon Yolanda. While we face even greater challenges today,” said Ms. Carvalho, “our commitment to the people of Mindanao is steadfast as we continue to support the Government in rebuilding livelihoods.”
“Once again, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has come together to respond to a large scale disaster in the Philippines,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator. “Given the geographical span of the area affected, we faced logistical challenges but in a short space of time major national and international relief and early recovery support rapidly expanded”.
Only five days after Yolanda struck, the HCT issued an emergency appeal to meet immediate needs. In the coming days, the humanitarian community will launch a strategic response plan to cover remaining humanitarian needs and initiate early recovery activities. This plan is designed to dove-tail with the Government’s Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan.
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