Via ReliefWeb, OCHA has published Typhoon Haiyan Situation Report No. 20 (as of 3 December 2013). Click through for the full report. The highlights and then a comment:
• The Department of Social Welfare and Development estimates that over 14.9 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This includes 4.13 million people displaced from their homes, of whom an estimated 204,131 are still living in 1,031 evacuation centres.
• Reports from coordination hubs indicate that humanitarian partners need to expand their response programmes to more remote areas and islands in Eastern and Western Visayas Regions. People living along main roads may be receiving disproportionate aid.
• Partners have procured and are distributing 36 per cent and 14 per cent of required rice seeds and corn seeds, respectively. More support is urgently needed to allow farmers to plant before the planting season ends in January.
• Water, sanitation and hygiene partners warn of potential disease outbreaks amid confirmation of faecal coliform in some water sources. Partners continue to expand disease surveillance capacity, though gaps remain in some areas.
• Humanitarian partners are working with the Government to finalize the Strategic Response Plan, which will be aligned with the Government’s Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan.
I worry about the "disproportionate" aid, which seems to be function of many disasters: it goes where the humanitarians' trucks can go. The inadequate supply of rice points to a potential food-security problem in the near future. And the water-safety issue is very worrying.