CRS emergency coordinator in the Philippines, Elizabeth Tromans, spoke with Thomson Reuters Foundation about the relief efforts and long-term needs in the Philippines nearly one month after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the country. Housing is one of the biggest needs among the affected population as hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed by the storm.
Elizabeth Tromans, coordinating the relief efforts of Catholic Relief Services, said the need for shelter is becoming “even more critical” as the rainy season continues.
“The first thing each and every person has told me is that they’re trying to cope, but that they don’t know what they will do about their homes,” she told Thomson Reuters Foundation from Palo, a town some 10 km from Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas.
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CRS has distributed more than 18,300 tarps in some of the hardest-hit areas, and continues to work toward its goal of getting help to 40,000 families.