The number of displaced people has decreased as many have returned to their land to rebuild a temporary shelter next to their damaged home, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The number of estimated damaged houses has increased significantly over an earlier estimate of 1.1 million. Around 556,000 of those houses were completely destroyed. Access to clean water and sanitation facilities remain a concern.
To meet those needs, CRS has distributed nearly 10,000 tarps in three municipalities and plans to distribute tens of thousands more. Volunteers have assembled over 1,000 hygiene kits and water supplies have recently been established in Tanauan.
Debris clearance on the major routes along the eastern coast of Eastern Leyte (south from Tacloban) continues to improved access. Side roads and interior areas remain difficult to access.