Meet our Typhoon Haiyan emergency response team


November 12, 2013

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  • Mercy Corps' emergency responders are prepared to deal with challenges of continued heavy rain and a decimated infrastructure in the Philippines to reach survivors left homeless after Super Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Reuters/Erik De Castro, courtesy

Heavy rain continues to fall in the Philippines and the challenges to get aid to survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) are pronounced — communications are still spotty and transportation to the hardest-hit areas is impaired by damaged airports and seaports. The President of the Philippines has declared a national state of calamity.

We're hearing reports that food stocks have been destroyed and the water supply cut off. Concerns about water-borne illness are mounting and survivors are dealing with untreated injuries and exposure to the elements.

Our experienced emergency responders are well-prepared for navigating such devastation. They are experts in water, sanitation, logistics and distributions and are working to ensure lifesaving supplies get to survivors in these critical early days.

Meet the team leaders who are deployed to begin delivering relief to affected families:

Philippines emergency response team

Several members of our Indonesia Response Team are also deploying to the Philippines. Nearly every year, they respond to floods, storms and other crises in disaster-prone Indonesia.

The team now consists of about 10 experienced responders and will likely double by next week and continue to grow as we shift from emergency relief to recovery in the coming months.

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