Typhoon Haiyan and disaster recovery – news and teaching resources round up

A week after the devastating typhoon hit the Philippines, we pull together the best news and teaching resources to help your class explore disaster recovery

The strongest storm ever to make a landfall has devastated the Philippines, killing at least 2,000 people (and experts think the number of victims could rise to 10,000) and leaving millions homeless.

This week’s news and resources round up focuses on the challenges of the relief effort. How do governments, aid agencies and individuals help recovery after such widespread damage? And how have social networks helped agencies to crowdsource vital information?

Here is a collection of news stories, multimedia, teaching resources and websites to help explore the Typhoon Haiyan crisis in the geography classroom and beyond.

From The Guardian

Guiuan, the first place hit by Typhoon Haiyan – video
The Guardian’s Tania Branigan is the first foreign journalist to report from Guiuan, the first place hit by the typhoon on 8 November. Almost all the town’s 50,000 residents are now homeless and not a single building has been left unscathed – aid is just starting to trickle into the hungry and desperate population.

Survivors struggle to make sense of a shattered world
These powerful interviews with survivors of the typhoon are vital reading as the days of hunger, thirst and homelessness are grow unbearable for the population of the town of Guiuan.

Typhoon Haiyan as it happened – live blog
The news and expert analysis of the storm as it unfolded on 8 November 2013, lots of useful links here for older students to explore.

Before and after – in pictures
These before and after images from the typhoon-struck region of the Philippines reveal the full extent of the catastrophic destruction.

Typhoon Haiyan relief effort – in pictures
Powerful pictures coming in as aid workers and relief supplies head into eastern provinces hit by typhoon Haiyan, with a particular focus on Tacloban.

Typhoon Haiyan: five days on – in pictures
Thousands of survivors are left without shelter, food and power in the Haiyan devastated regions in the Philippines.

The worst affected areas – interactive
A useful map revealing the path of the deadly storm – great for the whiteboard.

Philippines aid effort hampered by lawlessness
This article reveals the complex challenges of getting relief to typhoon-devastated areas, where reports of gunshots, stabbings and ambushes have caused many residents and aid workers to fear for their lives. There have been warnings of traffickers posing as relief workers and targeting women and children.

Resources on the Guardian Teacher Network

Typhoon Haiyan primary assembly
This up-to-date PowerPoint from CAFOD is ready made for a primary assembly or the classroom, explaining what has happened in the Philippines and how CAFOD and their partners are making a difference.

Typhoon Haiyan for secondary school teachers
CAFOD has also shared this presentation for secondary school classes or assemblies, including a short prayer and comment from Pope Francis.

Hidden disaster
Interesting resource on how the EU Humanitarian Aid department responds to a crisis and how fallout usually lasts months and years after the headlines fade.

Needs and wants auction activity
Thought-provoking activity from the British Red Cross which looks at understanding consequences and building empathy with disaster victims. Students get to think about questions including what they would take with them if they had to leave their home at a moment’s notice. Use with this word doc.

Best of the web

Oxfam’s Philippines typhoon live blog
Interesting insight direct from Oxfam’s rapid assessment teams who are on the ground in typhoon affected areas to provide urgent emergency supplies.

Twitter #Haiyan
The #Haiyan hashtag is a mine of information from news agencies and aid organisations all over the world.

Red Cross blog
Nichola Jones, who is out in the Philippines with the British Red Cross, paints a desperate picture of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and the needs of the people who have been affected.

Social media helps aid efforts after typhoon Haiyan
This is a really interesting report from the New Scientist on the flood of information after the storm. For the first time social media is being mined by an army of volunteers to provide aid workers with real-time maps of who needs help and where.

Fascinating information on the live crisis map of disaster damage in Philippines where info from the ground reported on social media has created a live crisis map.

World Food Programme (WFP)
Detailed info on deliveries of rice and high energy biscuits now and how the WFP plan to help over the coming months.

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