Oil Spill in Estancia
Mission report from response to the oil spill in Estancia, Iloilo Province, Western Visayas, Philippines – Resulting from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Published by the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit and the World Health Organisation, 8 November 2013.
A significant spill of heavy oil (bunker C type) occurred when Power Barge No. 103 ran aground at the shores of Estancia during the height of typhoon Haiyan. Between 21 and 23 November, environment experts from the Philippines Environmental Management Bureau visited the site of the oil spill together with a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) environment expert, and a public health expert from the World Health Organization, in order to jointly undertake a preliminary assessment of the threats the spill poses to human health, livelihoods and the environment.