Concern Worldwide, a company limited by guarantee and exempted from using the word "limited", Reg. No. 39647. Reg. Charity No. CHY 5745,
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Philippines: people’s stories in Panay
Concern Worldwide is responding to the emergency in the Philippines, following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. We met some of the people most affected in the Iloilo province of Panay and heard their stories of devastation.
We are currently airlifting basic supplies to the Panay area in the Philippines. We plan to work with local charities and the government there to help meet the immediate and longer-term needs of those most affected by the typhoon.
Our emergency team and CEO, Dominic MacSorley, have completed their assessment of the damage on the island of Panay and we have a plan in place to respond to the needs of the affected communities.
In the area of Concepcion alone, it is estimated that 7,000 homes have been totally destroyed, and another 2,000 badly damaged with more than 40,000 people affected. Dominic said:
People here are well used to dealing with storms. They are resilient and resourceful, but it's the sheer intensity and scale of Haiyan and the destruction it caused that has overwhelmed them. Much of the focus of the international response has been in Tacloban, but there are many outlying areas, like Panay, which have received only very limited assistance to date.
The whole house was lifted up into the air and dumped over there, upside down. I lay in the mud for 4 hours with a post pinned across my neck […] it was so loud and very frightening.
Now, Pacita and many people like her are huddling together in makeshift shelters amid the wreckage of their homes. One father, Mark (pictured above) described how he had to drag his two daughters, aged just three and six, to the relative safety of a nearby ditch:
It was so scary. I was afraid I would lose one of them in the strong wind.
Our initial priorities
Our CEO, Dominic MacSorley said:
We are focusing initially on the need for shelter and household items, but we also recognise that up to 70% of these coastal communities rely on fishing for a living and so we will also provide assistance to them to help them to re-establish their livelihoods and self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.