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Austrian Government Provides Additional Assistance for Typhoon Haiyan Recovery

On 8 November 2013 the Philippines were struck by typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, which was one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded. Typhoon Haiyan caused massive destruction in 9 central regions of the Philippines, leaving 14 million people affected and more than 1 Million houses destroyed and/or damaged particularly in the islands of Leyte and Samar.

In support of the recovery and reconstruction efforts, the Austrian Government through the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) will provide an additional Euro 500,000 for two projects. One is the “Early Recovery Shelter Assistance Project in Dulag, Leyte” that will be implemented by a consortium of the Philippine Red Cross, German Red Cross and Austrian Red Cross. The ADA funds will contribute to the provision of disaster resistant shelters for 100 families with the aim of rebuilding their houses to a safer standard than before, thus minimizing future climate, environmental and disaster related risks. The other project is the “Typhoon Haiyan Shelter and Sanitation Recovery Project”, which will be implemented by the Caritas Austria with the Catholic Relief Services Philippines. The project will repair or completely reconstruct storm-damaged houses as well as latrine facilities for 473 households in the municipality of Palo, Leyte. The aim is to build-back-better, to promote hygiene through hand washing and to support market recovery in the community through the cash transfer component.

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