Typhoon Ruby made landfall in Eastern Samar on December 6, 2014, causing massive destruction. As of Wednesday, January 7, 2015, official government reports confirm that 1.7 million people were evacuated, 4.1 million people have been affected, 18 were killed, 916 injured, 42,466 homes totally destroyed and 248,204 homes partially damaged. 5.1 billion PHP (116 million USD) in damages has been reported by the government. 95% of the damage is localized in
the province of Eastern Samar. Young Pioneer Disaster Response immediately deployed an Emergency Response Team to provide relief and assistance to the people of Eastern Samar. Prior to Typhoon Ruby, we had been working in Eastern Samar for three months, building homes for families stuck in bunkhouses since Typhoon Yolanda devastated the area last year.
Immediately we deployed a twelve-person Emergency Response Team that re-established our existing basecamp in Maydolong, Eastern Samar and set up warehousing, a construction yard, logistics, and supply chain. We have conducted rapid needs assessments across Eastern Samar in coordination with UN OCHA, the government, and other non-governmental organizations. The team, which came equipped with two trucks full of relief goods and emergency supplies, immediately distributed relief and began building homes in the region as a continuation of our Eastern Samar Housing Program in partnership with Rapid Crushing, the E. Zobel Foundation, and other partners.