Liz O'Donnell: Sending relief in the aftermath of a disaster is just the beginning
The unfolding scale of the disaster caused by the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has tested the capacity of the international community to respond.
The UN has called for a $300m (€221bn) fund to meet immediate needs. But one week on, the response has been to pledge or give just half of that figure. This is regrettable given the scale of unmet need of survivors with millions of people displaced and homeless.
As usual Ireland has made a generous response to the disaster both as Government and by way of public donations. All the Irish aid agencies are involved in what is a race against time to deliver shelter food and water to survivors.