DAUKI has just received the report on the assessment visit taken today of Panay Island. Panay is under active consideration for immediate and longer term support by Disaster Aid International:
Christine Cassar, Disaster Aid Response Team volunteer reports:
Today the Disaster Aid International in-country team conducted an assessment on the central Philippines island of Panay, which is one of the worst affected by typhoon Haiyan.
Heading out from Iloilo, Ed Cox and I carried out an ocular assessment and data collection in the North west of Panay, which is where Haiyan made its 4 meter high landfall. With a number of areas showing a household destruction rate in excess of 90% as well as an emerging set of concerns relating to lack of shelter, this region rates as a priority zone for the deployment of DAI resources.
Despite the need for aid, the team was particularly impressed by the resilience of the communities themselves. As the Vice Mayor of the municipality of Sara said “This is Filipino culture – the typhoon ended in the morning and in the afternoon the people went back to their houses and started fixing them.”
Yet this natural disaster has had a far wider impact on the populations in the area. Many rice paddies and fishing boats which provide livelihood for the population have been destroyed, so that the rehabilitation process for hundreds of thousands will take many months to be completed. Moreover, many areas remain without power, and an oil spill caused by the typhoon in the Barangay of Botognon in the municipality of Estancia is causing health problems particularly amongst children.
The assessment team will now be working with the rest of the DAI team to implement the delivery of aid.