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Typhoon Haiyan 1 Year on: “We all got to the roof and I remember standing there in gale-force winds”

Irma Cruz Roasa, a retired director of nursing, lives next to the beach in Tacloban. Here she recounts her experience of when Haiyan hit.

Irma Cruz Roasa, a retired director of nursing, lives next to the beach in Tacloban. Here she recounts her experience of when Haiyan hit.

Living next to the beach in south Tacloban for many decades, Irma Cruz Roasa, a retired director of nursing, is used to strong storms. Over her lifetime the city has been battered by bad weather. Despite this, she wasn’t prepared for what happened early on the morning of November 8 last year, when a large dredger washed up on the beach just two metres from her house.

You’re Still Helping 1 Year On #Haiyan

One year ago Typhoon Haiyan made land fall in the Philippines. Killing thousands of people and leaving millions homeless.

With your help. we are still helping communities in the Philippines to recover.

The Red Cross has, to date, built more than 6,000 homes and given building materials or cash to more than 13,500 households for shelter repairs.

Reaching Out to Palawan tribal communities

Traditional bangka outrigger boats such as the one pictured are used to sail or motor between the thousands of Philippine islands. This one is moored at a remote island community in the Calamian Island group, northern Palawan. Kate Marshall/IFRC

Traditional bangka outrigger boats such as the one pictured are used to sail or motor between the thousands of Philippine islands. This one is moored at a remote island community in the Calamian Island group, northern Palawan. Kate Marshall/IFRC

In July, Kate Marshall visited Tagbanwa in the Philippines where the Irish Red Cross is working with the Philippine and Swiss Red Cross societies to help villagers affected by Typhoon Haiyan’

Typhoon Haiyan 1 Year on: ‘I felt like it was the last day of my life’

Manuel Beron resident of Barangay Biasong in the Philippines.

Manuel Beron resident of Barangay Biasong in the Philippines.

My name is Manuel Beron. I am 48 years old, I live in Barangay Biasong in the Philippines and I have 7 children. I used to be a farmer but these days I sell charcoal. During Typhoon Yolanda (aka Typhoon Haiyan), I felt like it was the last day of my life because of the strong winds. Yolanda broke my house. During the typhoon, we did not come to any rehabilitation centre, we just stayed at the house. All my chickens died. My vegetable plants were gone. That just scared me most; not for only myself, but also my children, and my wife.

Ebola: Giving Affected Communities a Voice

Irish Red Cross staff member Stephen Ryan in Liberia, October 2014 © Aphaluck Bhatiasevi / WHO

Irish Red Cross staff member Stephen Ryan in Liberia, October 2014 © Aphaluck Bhatiasevi / WHO

Agreeing to travel to Liberia to join Red Cross Ebola response was an easy decision for me to make when I was asked at the beginning of October. Explaining it to my family and friends was a little harder, but once I explained why I agreed and what I would be doing, they found it easier to accept.

I am not a healthcare worker; my job here has nothing to do with treatment units. My focus is on giving affected communities a voice, and to help ensure that their feedback is used to adjust our programmes. It is neither difficult nor dangerous to work here, but it takes patience and commitment.

Off Duty Volunteer Saves Man Suffering Cardiac Arrest

My name is Cormac and as well as being a student at Dublin City University and working part time on a restaurant, I am a volunteer with the Irish Red Cross in Carlingford-Omeath. As a volunteer I have trained in first aid, learning multiple ways to treat injuries and save lives. You never know when […]

10 Volunteers Awarded For 433 Years of Dedication

Back row left to right: William Dalrymple, Jackie Kennedy, Julie O’Brien (Branch Chairperson), Peter McCabe, Bert Coote, Raymond Lloyd, Jimmy Stewart, Joanne Quinn (Branch Secretary/Unit Officer), Helen Eagleton, Miriam Montgomery. Front row left to right: Martina McPhillips, Liam Maguire (Area Director of Units), Brendan Bird, Sadie Gray.

By Liam Maguire (Area Director of Units) Bailieborough Branch have chosen to celebrate this year’s 75th anniversary by formally recognising the hard work and dedicated volunteering offered by 10 awardees who were honoured for their service to the branch on October 3rd. The services offered by Bert Coote, Jimmy Stewart, Raymond Lloyd, all of whom […]

Nuclear Weapons discussed at United Nations First Committee on Disarmament

The statement stressed the concerns that these countries have with the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons which

“affect not only governments, but each and every citizen of our interconnected world. They have deep implications for human survival; for our environment; for socio-economic development; for our economies; and for the heath of future generations”.

Women at Risk of Cyclones Due To Cultural Barriers

Women at Risk of Cyclones Due To Cultural Barriers

Consulting with communities and listening to their need is one way in which the Red Cross Red Crescent lessen disaster risk.

When Tropical Cyclone Bhola hit Bangladesh in 1970, it claimed hundreds of thousands lives. Since then, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society has built 147 evacuation shelters. The aim is to provide a safe place for people to go to when the warning of an approaching cyclone is sounded. One of the biggest challenges for cyclone […]

The Smile of a Young Ebola Survivor

The smile on Kadiatu’s face speaks volumes. She will soon be reunited with her mother, brothers and sisters. Two weeks after being admitted to the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre, her body listless with the virus. © K.Mueller/IFRC

By K.Mueller/Red Cross/Sierra Leone The smile on Kadiatu’s face spoke volumes. She is just about to be reunited with her mother and eight brothers and sisters. Two weeks ago, she to came into the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone, her body listless with the Ebola virus disease. But the disease was identified early, […]