12 November 2013 – Saturday 9 November 2013: Haiyan, the most murderous typhon in the Philippines devasted Leyte province. Estimates talk between 2500 and 10.000 people died so far. Around 10 milion people affected. More than 600.000 displaced persons. Access for humanitarian intervention remains largely obstructed. Along international community and humanitarian actors, Terre des Hommes emergency teams are mobilizing.

Water, shelters and protecting children

Food, electricity, water sanitation, hygiene, shelter, medicines, communications, logistic and access to affected areas are the most urgent needs. Terre des Hommes is coordinating to design the most effective intervention by liaising with our local partners, local TDH teams and headquarters in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Our experts emergency teams are in their way to the Philippines. They will get in touch with authorities and organisations already active to identify the most immediate needs left to cover. Emergency shelters, access to drinking water, water purification and equipment preventing from possible diseases will be our priority. On top of that, it is absolutely essential to assist children in distress, to support them and their families by psycho-social care, and to ensure their protection. According to UNICEF, they could be up to four millions of children affected by the typhoon’s consequences.

“Besides urgently assisting the victims, our relief operations are another motivation to stimulate public awareness on the impact of climate change on children, said the Chair of TDHIF, Raffaele K. Salinari. While populations are dying in the Philippines, while thousands of children are daily affected by climate change impacts, the Nations are discussing nowadays in Warsaw over and over again about climate change. Haiyan Tiphon demonstrates how urgent it is to understand that climate change will represent the most massive violation of child right in the near future; this is an emergency”, stated Salinari.

Lessons from the past: coordination of humanitarian intervention

All humanitarian actors world-wide are getting together and call for emergency aid to rescue millions of victims. Based on lessons learned during previous catastrophes, NGOs, UN agencies, local authorities, governments representatives and embassies shall coordinate at best to optimize their operations. Several governments already initiated rescue operations, the European Commission announced the release of 3 Million Euro and deployment of experts teams to support emergency work locally. Terre des Hommes will make all efforts to integrate such coordination among actors on the ground.

Your support for victims

As of today, Terre des Hommes calls for donations in favour of the Haiyan Typhoon survivors. Your support will allow Terre des hommes and its partners to provide emergency aid for thousands of families and children in need. Every minute counts.

For donation, visit Terre des hommes Foundation Lausanne (Switzerland), Terre des Hommes Netherlands or Terre des Hommes Germany.

Press and information

In French and English

Steven Fricaud, Head Emergency Unit, Terre des hommes Foundation Lausanne

Tèl:+41.21.654.66.79  – steven.fricaud@tdh.ch

Jessica Schweizer, Head Communication, Terre des hommes Foundation Lausanne

D + 41 58 611 06 43 – jessica.schweizer@tdh.ch

In German and English

Chris Hartmann, Head Emergency Unit, terre des hommes Germany

Phone: +49-(0)541-7101-123 – c.hartmann@tdh.de

Christian Ramm, Press officer, terre des hommes Germany

Phone: +49-(0)541/7101-158 – c.ramm@tdh.de

In Dutch and English

Petra Costerman Boodt, Senior Programme Manager, Terre des Hommes Netherlands

Phone: +31-70-3105232 – p.costermanboodt@tdh.nl

Heleen Slob, Press Officer, Terre des Hommes Netherlands

Phone: +31 6 53339584  – h.slob@tdh.nl

Sources and updates on the situation:

www.tdh.ch

www.tdh.de

www.terredeshommes.nl

Photo credits: Des survivants à Tacloban, aux Philippines, le 10 novembre 2013 – AFP