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Development Minister Visits the Philippines

In March,  Minister for Overseas Development and Trade, Joe Costello TD, (below) visited the Philippines. During his trip, he went to several Plan Ireland projects established in the wake of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

It's now 4 months since since Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines. So far thanks to your rapid response, Plan has been able to deliver food to over 395,000 people, deliver water kits to 94,505 and provide back to school packs to more than 6,000, but more is still required.

Children and remote areas priority

Those living in remote areas remain on our priority list, as are children. Children are always badly affected by disasters like this; some will lose their lives, or lose parents, siblings and extended families. Everything that is familiar and safe is disrupted or destroyed, including homes, schooling and family livelihoods. Some of these children will witness things no child should have to see.

Water and shelter

Before typhoon Haiyan hit land, Plan positioned 4,000 water kits and 4,000 pieces of plastic sheeting so if roads become impassable items can be quickly distributed by the community to those in need of water and shelter. These will serve about 20,000 people. In addition, there are similar numbers of kits in reserve for further distributions.

Haiyan has been even more devastating than typhoon Bopha, which lashed the Philippines in 2012, killing at least 1,146 people and doing more than US$1 billion worth of damage.

All of Plan Philippines’ programme units, home to about 40,000 sponsored children, are likely to be affected by the storm.

Find out more about Plan's work in the Philippines