Six days since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit ground, new numbers on the amount of damage are still emerging and we are just beginning to understand the true destruction the typhoon left behind.
According to the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development, 11.5 million people were affected (as of November 13), and while some regions still remain unreachable, it is known that at least 106,405 families (502,077 individuals) have been displaced. While over 500,000 houses are estimated to have been severely affected, 95,143 houses known to be entirely damaged, particularly in vulnerable and poor communities.
We have been in close communication with our local architects and our Manila Chapter, as well partners within our network to assess the situation. At the moment, the affected areas are still in the 'relief phase' with survivors requiring immediate needs of food, water and shelter. Once this initial response needs have been met, long-term reconstruction will officially begin, but it is imperative to begin the planning process now.