Emergency relief aid poured in immediately after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. But as the UN turns to long-term recovery, there is little money floating around.
Clea Broadhurst / Special to The Christian Science Monitor
Testing the assumptions behind the headlines
The world responded generously to appeals for emergency relief and recovery funds after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed or damaged 1.1 million houses in the Philippines in November, forcing more than four million people out of their homes.
Up to a point. The scale of the devastation prompted governments and ordinary citizens worldwide to contribute more money than the United Nations actually thought was needed for immediate emergency shelter, such as tarpaulins, ropes, and tents. But as Filipinos and international aid agencies turn their thoughts to longer term recovery, money is now desperately short.