Sunday 25 February 2018

GOAL boss slams 'inadequate' reaction to Philippines disaster

An aerial view shows damaged houses, as residents wave for help after Typhoon Haiyan hit a village in Panay island, in northern Iloilo Province, central Philippines

GOAL boss Barry Andrews described the international response to the typhoon disaster in The Philippines as “completely inadequate”.

The GOAL chief executive branded the failure to meet the UN call for funding a “disgrace”, given the scale of the tragedy caused by Haiyan.

The UN said only 19pc of its call for funding has been met by international governments so far.

“The UN made a call for funding in the amount of €300million and to date a fraction of that has been met. The failure to meet that funding is a disgrace,” Mr Andrews said.

 “The situation on the ground in the Philippines is almost beyond description,” he said.

 “By now, everyone will have heard the clear frustration felt by those most affected by the typhoon. What is needed now is cash and clear commitments from governments.”

He added: “The response by the international community so far has been completely inadequate. At the current rate of funding, the emergency response is going to fail.”

A week after Typhoon Haiyan hit, the scale of the disaster is becoming clearer every day, with over 3,600 dead and nearly 12 million affected.

Typhoon Haiyan - said to be the strongest ever to make landfall - has made roads impassable and left airports out of action, severely hampering relief efforts.

In relation to aid, Mr Andrews said: “The Irish government can take a leadership position on this issue, as we have done so many times in the past.”

“And what is needed is acknowledgment that we all have a responsibility for climate change which contributed significantly to the ferocity of this storm.”

“There is no point talking about “climate justice” when one of the clearest examples of rich-world inertia being visited on vulnerable communities is only 19 per cent funded,” added Mr Andrews.

Donations can be made to the GOAL response in The Philippines by telephoning 01 280 9779; visiting; or following GOAL on Facebook at GOALIreland.

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