From a front-page story in the Washington Post today, a most discouraging account of the recovery process in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan there. See: After typhoon, Philippines faces one of the most profound resettlement crises in decades. I found it quite sobering to read about the demands and challenges the recovery poses. The no. of victims after this event is greater than either Haiti or the Indonesian Tsunami. And while many people seem to know what is needed, too few resources are available to rapidly engage in the processes and measure for an effective and equitable recovery.
Dealing with 4 million homeless people is a giant task for any country,but ti would seem to me that more progress could be made than is happening now.
Update: See the Jan. 2014 issue of the Hazards Observer for a couple of in-depth articles about Typhoon Haiyan.