Philippines Red Cross volunteers are using an innovative mobile phone app to help thousands of people recover from Typhoon Haiyan, by collecting vital data about the impact of the disaster.
We asked the volunteers to describe their experiences, inspiration and hopes for the future.
What conditions are the people affected by the typhoon living in?
“Sad and heartbreaking conditions. Some of the stories I hear really get to me, especially when I interview elderly people. They act like nothing’s happened but their situation is really sad. It’s really hard to look at the makeshift houses as they’re so cramped. The walls are tin, the roof is collapsed.”
Daniel Uytiepo Amane, 19, from Ilo Ilo City
“They don’t have easy access to medicines, hospitals. They are frequently affected by drought and other seasonal shocks. The weather is unpredictable, which also affects them”
Mark Uytiepo Amane, 23, Ilo Ilo City