8 Nov., 2013: Typhoon Yolanda, also know as Haiyan, struck the shores of the Philippines with winds reaching 235 mph/270 kph. As recently reported by The Philippine Star, the death toll continues to climb as workers remove damage, marked 6,190, with 1,785 still missing and 28, 626 injured. It has affected the daily lives of more than 16 million people, creating approximately 8.2 million dollars in damages in Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Marinduque, Romblon, Bicol Region, The Western Visayas (Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental,) and The Central Visayas (Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental,)The Eastern Visayas (Biliran, Samar, Leyte.) Approximately 5.6 million people require food, including 49,000 malnourished children, and among them 1,490 who suffer from acute malnutrition.
The UN has appealed for 788 million dollars to provide relief. As reported, the organization has only collected 328. Last month, Philippine government launched the Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) program, and has requested 8.2 billion dollars throughout 2017. USAID has committed 32.2 million dollars to efforts. According to Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, good progress has been made. The UN World Food Program distributed 12,800 metric tons of food. 22,400 farmers have received 40 kilograms of rice to help them rebuild their livelihood. However, concerns are still high for the lack of funds, which has stunted efforts to rebuild the Philippines, especially during the rainy season and now with tropical depression Agaton active.