The situation in the typhoon-hit areas of the Philippines is critical. According to UN reports, four million people have been forced to flee their homes and one million houses have been damaged or completely destroyed.
“We want to help alleviate the suffering that children, women and men in the affected areas of the Philippines are now experiencing. The Government is making a further NOK 20 million available now, and we have also decided to request the Storting to make an additional allocation of NOK 120 million to the relief effort,” said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
We have listed som examples of different Norwegian contributions here:
The Norwegian Church Aid, through ACT Alliance, is cooperating with local organizations in the Philippines, amongst them National Council of Churches of the Philippines and Lutheran World Foundation. Their partners have been working locally in many years and acquired local knowledge and a network that is extremely useful when NCA wants to act fast and efficiently to reach out with emergency relief to as many people as possible in a short time frame.
The Norwegian Church Aid is also an active partner in the United Nations WASH cluster, supporting the cluster in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene, both with experts and pre-stocked WASH kits.
Sylvia Ramos, one of NCA's water experts, arrived in the area in the first days after the disaster. The first emergency team left Norway on December 12 and more water experts are being sent continuously from Norwegian Church Aids emergency unit to the affected areas.
5 water units consisting of water purification equipment, latrines and hygiene equipment are being sent from warehouses in Norway as well as from other warehouses in the area. NCA has deployed equipment from the Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System (NOREPS), pre-stocked at several of the UN response depots (UNHRD). More NOREPS equipment is transported by boat to Samar where sanitation and hygiene work is to ensure that diseases do not break out.
Many of the survivors are injured and in acute need of medical treatment and access to sanitations to avoid infections. The danger for epidemics are also great in the area without access to clean water and sanitation.
The village Maharuay was one of the worst hit by the typhoon Yolanda on the island of Cebu in the Philippines . For three weeks over five thousand residents have been without water and electricity . Recently the water from the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) was distributed - immense joy and relief.
- We can just drain all the water we need from the taps, it is so nice! Says the 12 year old Angeline Moralde, and fills his third empty bottle with clean and safe drinking water.
NCA works in the Philippines to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to 50,000 people affected by the typhoon. In these villages we have worked to ensure clean water for Sphere standards for 6000 people, and will provide sanitation and hygiene work. NCA work in six villages to MEDILINE municipality, setting up 10,000 and 5,000 cubic liter tanks to provide clean water to residents.
Volunteers from our ACT Alliance Partner Church Council of the Philippines who pack food and water to disaster areas.
- The Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB). The Norwegian Support Team (NST).
DSB and the Norwegian Support Team is now setting up a complete staff camp for relief workers in Guiuian.
DSB is part of the International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP). IHP is an informal network of eight governmental organisations in Europe working with emergency management on a daily basis. IHP has a strong capacity to support the United Nations, the European Union and other international organisations. Standardised modules like large base camps housing up to 300 international aid workers and the informal and flexible network make it possible for IHP to respond quickly to disasters worldwide. Several member organizations of IHP are now collaborating in the Philippines.
IHP has been requested by the UNOCHA to deploy coordination infrastructure (Three On-Site Operations Coordination Centers and ICT equipment), three light office and accommodation structures to set up bases of operations, and logistics support. The IHP members have mobilized funding, equipment and a wide range of experts to be deployed to the emergency. The team consists of experts within ICT, construction, logistics and Water and sanitation, amongst others.
The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) has received an additional grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 13.5 million dollars to assist in relief efforts in the Philippines. The task performed by the DSB on behalf of the UN.
A picture from the camp in Guiuian.
The Norwegian Red Cross has deployed a field hospital to Ormoc in the Philippines. The Red Cross field hospital is a joint deployment of the Canadian, Norwegian and Hong Kong Red Cross Societies, comprising operating theater, maternity wards and inpatient services. The hospital set up is including 7 big tents and 30 beds, with a capacity to assist 100.000 patients. 10 delegates from the Norwegian Red Cross are participating in the operations. The needs are enormous and expected to increase.
In addition to the field hospital, the delegates will establish mobile health clinics, start vaccination campaigns and provide psycho-social support to the affected population. The work is done in close collaboration with the Red Cross in the Philippines.
- The Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System (NOREPS).
Pre-stocked supplies from a number of the partner organizations and pre-qualified suppliers in the NOREPS system have been deployed to the Philippines. The material has been taken out from stocks in Norway, the UN Humanitarian Response Depots and stocks of the UN agencies and NGOs operating in the Philippines.
The fact that a wide range of products are pre-stocked in various warehouses/depots enables the efficient and cost-effective dispatch of a range of vital items at the same time. NOREPS’ main objectives are to strengthen relief agencies’ operational capacity and to enhance the efficiency of international emergency relief efforts, in order to help as many victims as possible.