Much has to be done one year after Typhoon Haiyan

Much has to be done to fully restore the communities in Central Philippines a year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region.  The Philippine government and non-government organizations are in the forefront of the rehabilitation effort.

Asian Development Bank vice president Stephen Groff says communities are being rebuilt and livelihoods restored though much work remains to complete the job, according to Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Stephen Groff.

“The day Yolanda hit was a terrible day for the Philippines and deeply affected all of us at ADB, which calls the Philippines home,” says Mr. Groff.

“Following a successful relief effort, solid progress has been made on repairing crucial infrastructure like national roads and bridges, supporting families with transitional housing and employment, and re-establishing local industry.”

Considered one of the worst storms in history, Yolanda devastated vast areas of the central Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and leaving millions homeless and jobless. Over half a million houses were destroyed and the agriculture sector was severely impacted.

Shortly after the disaster, ADB approved $900 million in assistance for stricken communities, including an emergency assistance loan of $500 million and grants totalling $23 million.

An additional $150 million in resources from ongoing ADB projects is available for re-purposing to respond to needs in transport, agrarian reform, community-driven development, and conditional cash transfers.

Overall, ADB’s funding provides support for community-driven development, local government infrastructure, power restoration, livelihoods and employment, education and health care services, and improved disaster resilience.

“Recovery is not complete. Some communities still need short-term assistance. Longer-term housing, resettlement and livelihood needs for these people are very real and urgent. ADB will stand with the government and people of the Philippines until the job is done,” says Mr Groff.