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A Philippine resident and his daughter lay on a concrete slab in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is supporting the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade in assisting the Philippine government in Operation Damayan.

Two years after Typhoon Haiyan

According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), two years on, young survivors’ of Typhoon Haiyan have come out resiliently from the disaster.

On the second anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commended the significant progress made in recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines, “The two year anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan marks tremendous progress in recovery and rebuilding efforts,” said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Representative in the Philippines.

UNICEF said among its contribution in empowering children and communities and building resilient systems that can withstand future disasters are: a school improvement plan that embodies a culture of safety and preparedness; disaster-resilient evacuation centres; better access to safe water and sanitation and life skills and network building for youth.

But the agency underscored that despite the significant progress made since Haiyan, it remains concerned about the remaining unmet needs of children and their families and that the healing process, especially for children, will take a long time however, noted a significant shift awareness of Filipino people when it comes to preparing for disasters “as evidenced by the reduced number of casualties in subsequent disasters including the recent Typhoon Koppu/Lando.” Effective early warning systems, pre-emptive evacuations and improved government led coordination made a big difference in preventing the loss of life and property, applying many lessons that were learnt from the Haiyan response.

Image courtesy of Kennedy, Liam, MCSN

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