For those in the path of Typhoon Haiyan who saw their homes torn apart or swept away, the damage done was psychological as well as physical.
Describing how people affected feel in the hours after such a disaster, British Red Cross shelter expert Jose Penya says: “The waters come down and you see a pile of rubble where your home was. You suddenly feel that’s what happened with your life, too.”
As the rebuilding begins, people affected are moving from tents and temporary shelters to more permanent housing with the help of the Red Cross. But they face huge questions about how, when and where to build their new homes.
How can these people, and the organisations helping them, avoid quick-fix ‘solutions’ that cause long term problems? More