Typhoon Haiyan - One year on

On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines and was marked as the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall in recorded history. The typhoon tore through the Central Visayas region with 300kph winds and heavy rain, triggering floods and mudslides and causing tsunami-like storm surges that destroyed coastal villages and towns.


Powerful winds, heavy rain, and tsunami-like storm surges caused by Haiyan wiped out entire coastal villages and inland towns, affecting more than 16 million people, forcing some four million away from their homes, and killing 6,300. More than 1.1 million families had their homes damaged or destroyed, while countless others had their crops, livestock, and belongings swept away. Hospitals and health facilities, schools and day care centres, water systems, power lines and telecommunications channels were torn apart. Roads, airports and seaports suffered heavy damage, cutting off entire communities from much-needed relief assistance.


The Philippine Red Cross’ response to Typhoon Haiyan was immediate, and with the international call for support from the Philippine government, the entire Red Cross Red Crescent Movement came together to further strengthen the National Society’s efforts. In the first four or so months following the typhoon, focus of the response was largely in fulfilling food, emergency shelter, healthcare and medical services, access to safe water, improved sanitation and essential household needs. With time, emphasis moved from emergency towards recovery efforts in support of those affected by the disaster.

Haiyan Recovery Operation

Haiyan Recovery Operation: Livelihoods

Haiyan Recovery Operation: Shelter


After a year of positive action, there is still much to be done in Tacloban


Irma Cruz Roasa

Edelin (Lin) Yepa Amparo

Luzviminda 'Lucy' Pido and Angie Lopez

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Typhoon Haiyan - One year on

Red Cross volunteers reach out to Palawan tribal communities

Philippines: A new beginning from Cash and Coconuts

Red Cross volunteers reach out to Palawan tribal communities - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/en/what-we-do/disaster-management/responding/ongoing-operations/typhoon-haiyan/red-cross-volunteers-reach-out-to-palawan-tribal-communities/#sthash.FYLE1Y7u.dpufRed Cross volunteers reach out to Palawan tribal communiti
Red Cross volunteers reach out to Palawan tribal communities - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/typhoon-haiyan#sthash.pThFQBvf.dpuf
Red Cross volunteers reach out to Palawan tribal communities - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/typhoon-haiyan#sthash.pThFQBvf.dpufPhilippines: A new beginning from Cash and Coconuts

21st Century data collection takes health promotion to vulnerable communities in the Philippines

Six months after Haiyan, locals worry about the next storm

Philippine Red Cross trains water and sanitation volunteers for the next disaster

Reunited after the storm - Carizza Gaytos’s story

Hardworking Haiyan volunteers get a lesson in how to unwind


18-month progress report

Typhoon Haiyan 18 month report


Read the 18-month progress report

Read the one-year progress report

Latest infographic

Infographic Haiyan

Press release

Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan survivors back in business

Latest appeals

Philippines - Typhoon Haiyan - Operations Update no 8

Philippines - Typhoon Haiyan- Emergency Appeal Revision Haiyan

More appeals and updates

Focal points for media enquiries

Patrick Fuller
Communications manager, Asia Pacific - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/news-and-media/press-contacts/#sthash.YsBWndsU.dpuf

Patrick Fuller in Kuala Lumpur
Communications manager |Asia Pacific, Mob. +60 12 230 8451 | E-mail: patrick.fuller@ifrc.org

Kate Roux in Thailand
Regional Communications and Advocacy Manager | Mob: +66 (0)81 376 5107 | Email: katherine.roux@ifrc.org

Kate Marshall in the Philippines
Communications Delegate |Mob: +63 998 9606287 | Email: kate.marshall@ifrc.org  

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