3 November, 2014 - Typhoon Haiyan, one year on: Plan staff available for interviews

Plan International, one of the leading international agencies providing relief and helping to rebuild communities in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, will have a number of staff available for media interviews in the lead up to the one-year anniversary of the Super Typhoon on Saturday, November 8.

Senior representatives from Plan Philippines and Plan International Australia will be available for live and pre-recorded interviews from Tacloban, the country’s second largest city which was devastated by Haiyan, and from Manila, for the week leading up to the one-year anniversary of the typhoon. Representatives are available for interviews by Skype, phone, and in-person.

Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda) was the largest storm to ever make landfall. The Category 5 Typhoon slammed into the Eastern and Central Philippines on November 8, 2013. Over 6,200 people died, thousands are still missing, and over 14 million people affected, including five million children.

The scale of the disaster required an unprecedented response. With a groundswell of support from the international community alongside the extraordinary resilience and spirit of the people of the Philippines, incredible progress has been made in the recovery and rebuilding.

The following senior representatives from Plan will be available for media interviews:
Carin Van der Hor, Country Director, Manila and Tacloban
Carin was at the forefront of the response and has led the recovery and rebuilding efforts. Carin gave extensive interviews during the typhoon, including with CNN, BBC, Time Magazine, and dozens of international, regional, and national media outlets, including many in Australia.

Richard Sandison, Emergency Response Manager, Tacloban
Richard will be in Tacloban. He is responsible for Plan International’s enormous Haiyan response and recovery program. Richard is originally from Melbourne.

Adam Cathro, Media Relations Manager, Melbourne
Adam will be in Melbourne. He travelled to the Philippines to assist media covering the disaster in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon and witnessed much of the impact first hand. Adam has also just returned from a week in some of the most affected areas of Samar and Leyte, so can give a personal account of the recovery one year on.

Photos and other media materials: http://bit.ly/hayainoneyear Please credit ‘Plan International Australia’.

Editors notes:
Plan International is one of the Philippines' longest-serving aid and development INGOs, with a special focus on helping marginalised children in 420 communities across the country to access their rights to health, education, livelihoods, disaster risk management and protection.

Media contact: Adam Cathro, Plan International Australia, Media Relations Manager, 0488 202 945