#TalkThursday: Haiyan, 6 months after

Rappler speaks to Tariq Riebl, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Programme Manager, on the condition of victims in Central Philippines after the ravaging effects of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

MANILA, Philippines – Six months after Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) hit the Philippines, an estimated 200,000 survivors are still confronted with the burden of starting a new life after the calamity. (READ: Yolanda survivors after 6 months: Homeless, jobless, hungry)

Considered the world’s strongest typhoon to hit land, Haiyan killed 6,300 people as of April 2014 and displaced around 4.1 million people. Government agencies pegged damage to infrastructure at P9.58 billion.

In the aftermath of the typhoon, food security, housing, and employment are still the main developmental challenges for survivors and local government units. As of April 2014, 130,000 survivors are still living in tents in resettlement areas, while 5.2 million are struggling to find jobs and livelihood opportunities.

Six months after the disaster, progress on rehabilitation efforts is slow, with government officials admitting there is still no final post-Haiyan rehabilitation plan in place. (READ: 6 months after Yolanda: ‘We are failing’)

Is the Philippines equipped to face another disaster after Yolanda?

Coordination on implementing developmental measures still needs massive improvement. Helping the Philippines in this regard is international developmental organization Oxfam. Since Yolanda struck the Philippines, Oxfam has been providing food, clean water, sanitation, and shelter aid for 650,000 typhoon victims in Leyte, Eastern Samar and Cebu.

Oxfam humanitarian crisis expert Tariq Riebl will talk to Rappler about the current condition of the typhoon survivors. He will discuss areas for improvement and better strategies in handling the aftermath of Yolanda.

Watch the interview below.


– Rappler.com