Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

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Hitting Home: Impressions on Engaging Communities in Disaster Response

It is the night of November 7, 2013. The winds are howling deafeningly against the windows. The lights are flickering. Phone screens are lit, with everyone monitoring the latest developments on Typhoon Haiyan.

#KeepThemSafe: Counter-trafficking after Yolanda

By Romina "Beng" Sta. Clara

Almost a year has gone by and I haven’t even unpacked the stuff we accumulated from Bangkok, Bali and Yangon. I was just supposed to chill when I returned to my home country to follow my love. 2013 is really remarkable for my return to the Philippines and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Haiyan Ground Zero Now On Higher Ground

By Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman Department of Social Welfare and Development

What IOM has Given to Haiyan Emergency Response Efforts

By Anthony Caingles

Conrad Navidad of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - Philippines’ Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) was deployed to Haiyan (locally, Yolanda) Ground Zero 24 hours after “the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in all recorded history” broke into the islands of Samar and Leyte. Nervous, excited, and afraid – all at the same time – Conrad said a word of prayer as he boarded his plane not knowing what awaited him at his destination and how long he would stay there.

Starting the Conversation: A Step in the Right Direction

By Amy Rhoades

The meeting about the typhoon response had just ended. As I walked down the devastated streets of Tacloban, I heard two young girls singing a familiar chorus:  “We’ve been through a storm but we’re not defeated. We all carry pain but are ready to move on. We’ll build a new life together, a safe place for everyone. Building strong foundations so we can stand,” they sang (in Waray, the local language of Tacloban).

Mobility is the Key

By Christopher Hoffman

Whether we are discussing pre-disaster risk reduction methodologies or post disaster response, one overarching factor is key: mobility.

When a Mother’s Love is not Enough

By Amy Rhoades for IOM
9 Jan 2013

The Astrodome’s King of Bling

By Joe Lowry in Tacloban
06 February 2014

After almost three months sitting around, Benjie Amores decided it was time to go back to work. He hadn’t been completely idle – there was the small matter of helping his family overcome the effects of Typhoon Haiyan, move from a wrecked convention centre into a tent, and from a tent into a shack, queue for relief assistance, find medical help when needed and so on.

A Roof Over Their Heads

By Joe Lowry in Tacloban, Central Philippines
09 December 2013

A social network delivers aid… by Boeing 737

By Daryl Dano

Having been in the aviation business for many years, Ramiro Villavicencio has spent most of his life delivering people and goods to their respective destinations. But his services took on a new meaning in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan as he teamed up with his long-time friend, Immanuel Cabili, to deliver life-saving aid and supplies in the critical early hours after the typhoon hit.

The story of Yolanda, one month on

By Joe Lowry, in Tacloban, Central Philippines

On 8 November, 18-year-old Marike Malate, heavily pregnant, was at home with her parents and her husband Johnel Loreta, also 18, in Tacloban, Central Philippines. They knew a strong typhoon was coming, but were unprepared for the full fury of Haiyan (local name Yolanda.)