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Cologne. Malteser International’s emergency relief experts are on their way to Leyte Province in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan left a path of utter destruction and cost the lives of at least ten thousand people. On Monday, Nov. 11, the experts and representatives of the Philippine Association of the Order of Malta will conduct an assessment of the needs in the most affected region around Tacloban City and prepare emergency relief for the survivors. “Gaining access to the disaster region is extremely difficult at the moment, since the Tacloban Airport was destroyed in the storm, so we have to find alternative ways of getting there,” says Cordula Wasser, Philippines program manager for Malteser International.
Malteser International’s local partners report that Haiyan also affected the evacuation centers and temporary camps on the neighboring island of Bohol, which had recently been struck by an earthquake. “For this reason, Malteser International will also expand their ongoing relief measures for the earthquake survivors,” Wasser says.
In Vietnam, where Haiyan is expected to make landfall this Sunday, Malteser International is preparing for the arrival of the typhoon. The organization conducts disaster risk reduction projects in Central Vietnam and prepares local villagers – especially persons with disabilities – to keep safe during emergencies.
Attention editors: Cordula Wasser, Program Manager for the Philippines and Vietnam, is available for interviews. Contact: +49 160 70 77 689 or +49 151 146 29623.