Julie's blog

Coordination in action as shelter takes shape

In Guiuan, Eastern Samar, a university campus has been transformed into a transitional camp providing refuge for 98 families – a total of 445 people – whose homes were swept away by Typhoon Haiyan.  IOM has been coordinating governmental, intergovernmental and NGO partners in Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) Tent City, formed by the local municipality after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provided 75 tents.

 

A Roof over Their Heads

Francis Gaspean knows he is lucky to be alive. When Typhoon Haiyan hit, he went to check the nearest evacuation centre in his home town of Tacloban. He and his wife have six kids under seven years old, and when he saw the crowds and the fear he decided to take his chances in his wooden house.