Henri Bonnin, occupational therapist, during his first visit to wounded people in the hospitals of Tacloban. Tacloban had been severely hit by typhoon Haiyan. © Maud Bellon / Handicap International

Rebuilding from nothing

Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on 8th November 2013, is the strongest ever recorded. It has affected 14.1 million people. Over 6,000 deaths have been recorded and 1,779 people are still reported missing. A logistics platform has been set up by Handicap International in Tacloban, one of the worst affected towns.

Damages in Eastern Samar province. The south coast of Samar and Eastern Samar provinces had been severely hit by Haiyan Typhoon. Photo: Brice Blondel / Handicap International

HI sends emergency team to typhoon-hit areas

Handicap International is today (November 11) sending a team of emergency specialists to the Philippines in response to the disaster now gripping the country. They will complement the work already being done by the organisation’s teams in the field.

Distribution of materials in the Washi Emergency Response Project. Photo: Handicap International

Disability inclusion process in Washi emergency response

While natural disasters affect a large number of individuals, PWD tend to be more affected than others during such situations and often face bigger challenges in order to cope with the situation and survive. Due to their specific situations, they risk being excluded and invisible during response activities, and they often face additional barriers in accessing support and relief efforts.