Typhoon Haiyan made its landfall in central-eastern Philippines, with a wind speed exceeding 195 miles per hour. It left behind thousands dead, and hundreds of thousands homeless and in need of aid. The challenge becomes how to clear the debris so responders can deliver the aid. Professor Pinar Keskinocak and Associate Professor Ozlem Ergun are co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics. They and Ph.D. student Melih Celik explain what’s next in the clean-up process.
For early responders to Typhoon Haiyan, the main focus was to move people, machinery and aid into the affected areas. However, this was deemed a challenging task, since many neighborhoods were inundated with water and roads were blocked by post-disaster debris.