11.3 Million People Affected: AAR Japan Responds to Typhoon in the Philippines

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In response to Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) that struck the Philippines on November 8th, 2013, Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) will deploy its staff members from Japan to carry out emergency assistance activities.

The typhoon, which caused massive flooding and landslides, has affected an estimated 11.3 million people all across the island nation, especially in areas around Leyte Island. It has been reported that as many as 10,000 people may have died in Tacloblan City alone, and more than 670,000 people have been forced to evacuate. These numbers are expected to increase through the subsequent surveys. Assistance is urgently needed including provision of water, food, medication, sanitary materials alternative shelters, and removal of debris (*source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: UNOCHA).

Two AAR Japan staff members plan to arrive in the Philippines on November 14th, 2013 to investigate the situation of the affected areas as well as the needs of the survivors, and are currently preparing for the smooth and prompt implementation of relief activities. AAR Japan will fully utilize its extensive experience and network accumulated through our past experiences in emergency assistance, including the one in response to the 2009 typhoon in the Philippines.

Your support is highly appreciated in carrying out our emergency response activities to assist those affected, as quickly as possible.

AAR Japan Emergency Response Team

Program Manager of AAR Japan. Since September 2009, he has taken charge of projects in Afghanistan, Kenya and Turkey as part of the overseas division of AAR JAPAN. He was involved in emergency assistance during the Philippine Typhoon (2009), the Haiti Earthquake (2010), the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) and the East Africa Drought (2011). 36 years old. (Born in Tokyo)

Yoshitaka SUGISAWA
Assistant Manager of AAR Japan. Working for AAR Japan’s Tokyo Office since May 2010. After graduating university, he worked in the private sector before joining AAR Japan. He was engaged in emergency relief effort during the Pakistan Flood (2010) and the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011). 33 years old. (Born in Ibaraki Prefecture)

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