The relief and recovery effort so far

By Dr. Amanda Vincent

Over the past few days, ZSL and Project Seahorse staff have begun delivering emergency aid to communities in Panay, Bantayan, and Danajon Bank, three areas where no other external help is available. Because of our strong ties with the local communities — about 40 towns and villages in all, with a total population of 60,000 people —  our team is able to provide aid and logistical support quickly and effectively. 

Yesterday we delivered rice and canned fish to a community in Panay that has lost 75% of its houses. Today we are sending off the first set of 2,000 relief packs to coastal communities in Danajon Bank. All aid is delivered by our local team, of whom about half are social workers. We co-ordinate with local government and work through community organizations wherever possible (many of which we have collaborated with on our marine conservation work).

The situation remains difficult. Most of the storm debris have not yet been cleared, and in Danajon Bank and across Bohol province there have been 3,000 aftershocks (some as high as 5.1 magnitude) since last month’s earthquake. There is much work to be done. 

If you’d like to help, please consider donating to ZSL’s relief and recovery fund. The funds will go towards emergency relief and the longer-term recovery process. 

y Dr. Amanda Vincent

Over the past few days, ZSL and Project Seahorse staff have begun delivering emergency aid to communities in Panay, Bantayan, and Danajon Bank, three areas where no other external help is available. Because of our strong ties with the local communities — about 40 towns and villages in all, with a total population of 60,000 people —  our team is able to provide aid and logistical support quickly and effectively. 

Yesterday we delivered rice and canned fish to a community in Panay that has lost 75% of its houses. Today we are sending off the first set of 2,000 relief packs to coastal communities in Danajon Bank. All aid is delivered by our local team, of whom about half are social workers. We co-ordinate with local government and work through community organizations wherever possible (many of which we have collaborated with on our marine conservation work).

The situation remains difficult. Most of the storm debris have not yet been cleared, and in Danajon Bank and across Bohol province there have been 3,000 aftershocks (some as high as 5.1 magnitude) since last month’s earthquake. There is much work to be done. 

If you’d like to help, please consider donating to ZSL’s relief and recovery fund. The funds will go towards emergency relief and the longer-term recovery process. 

Field staff hand out relief packs to villagers. The packs contain food, clean water, soap, and essential medicines. Panay, Philippines. Photo courtesy of ZSL

Field staff hand out relief packs to villagers. The packs contain food, clean water, soap, and essential medicines. Panay, Philippines. Photo courtesy of ZSL

Registration for post-storm disaster relief assistance. Panay, Philippines. Photo courtesy of ZSL

Registration for post-storm disaster relief assistance. Panay, Philippines. Photo courtesy of ZSL

Staff prepare the emergency relief packs. Panay, Philippines. Photo courtesy of ZSL

Staff prepare the emergency relief packs. Panay, Philippines. Photo courtesy of ZSL

A barangay captain (village head) helps with the relief effort. Panay, Philippines. Photo courtesy of ZSL

A barangay captain (village head) helps with the relief effort. Panay, Philippines. Photo courtesy of ZSL

Signs of hope: Amid all of the destruction, life goes on. Boys play pickup basketball outside a village. Panay, Philippines. Photo: Chai Apale/Project Seahorse

Signs of hope: Amid all of the destruction, life goes on. Boys play pickup basketball outside a village. Panay, Philippines. Photo: Chai Apale/Project Seahorse