324, 000 households in 'Yolanda' battered provinces provided with emergency shelter materials – IFRC

January 9, 2014 10:38 am 

MANILA, Jan. 9 — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which is leading the shelter cluster group efforts in "Yolanda" battered provinces in the Visayas, announced that 324,000 households have been provided with emergency shelter materials shortly after the onslaught of the supertyphoon last Nov. 8.

"So far, agencies working within the cluster have provided over 324,000 households with emergency shelter materials, including tarpaulins, tents, tools and ropes. The focus now is on supporting families to return to rebuild their homes to a safer and higher standard. Close to 30,000 households have been provided with roofing material, tool kits, cash and technical assistance. The cluster has also been actively involved in planning around the relocation of families; ensuring that standards are met in the construction of transitional bunkhouses to which some evacuees will be relocated," the agency stated.

The shelter cluster consist of various UN relief agencies and local government units in the area.

"Yolanda" destroyed or damaged over one million houses in the Visayas, rendering over four million homeless.

Over 6,000 people died during the storm and the damage caused has affected a staggering 16 million people across the region.

"As the relief phase evolves into longer term support for recovery, food distributions will be phased out and the distribution of unconditional cash grants will be scaled up. One of the biggest challenges for affected communities has been the impact of the typhoon on their livelihoods. The incomes of over five million people have been disrupted or lost, with people dependent on fisheries and agriculture sectors particularly affected. To date, 14,845 families have received cash grants from the Red Cross. These grants are designed to support self-recovery, enabling people to prioritize their own needs," the IFRC pointed out. (PNA)



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