CONVERSATION: 6 months after Yolanda, where are we now?
MANILA, Philippines – It has been six months since Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) inundated the Visayas. What progress has been made and what else needs to be done?
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that, as of May 7, 2014, Yolanda has affected at least 7.1 million individuals; more than half of whom lost their homes.
Around 35.4% of all affected families came from the badly-hit Eastern Visayas region.
Despite various rehabilitation initiatives, the latest count of damaged houses remains high at 1,012,790 - meaning most survivors still don't have decent shelters.
Aside from the government's efforts, both local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have shared their continuous support for the survivors.
Most recovery efforts focused on food, nutrition, shelter, and livelihood assistance. Much concern has also been raised on the special needs of pregnant and lactating women, young children, and infants.
MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, will be holding a twitter conversation to discuss the current status of Yolanda-affected areas, the existing rehabilitation programs, and the long-term plans for survivors.
DSWD and different NGOs will also participate in the discussion and entertain questions from netizens.
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