Typhoon Haiyan

Three months after the most powerful typhoon to make landfall, the Philippine Red Cross, the IFRC and many National Societies remain active across affected areas providing relief and longer-term recovery programmes to support livelihoods, improved health, better shelter and future resilience.

The typhoon, which brought winds of 300kmh, damaged hundreds of thousands of homes across the Philippines, particularly in Samar and Leyte in the Eastern Visayas and Cebu in the Central Visayas. 

Several National Societies continue to run their own appeal, while in January, the international Red Cross Red Crescent Movement launched a revised emergency appeal for 126 million Swiss Francs (USD 139 million, 102 million euros) to boost the Philippine Red Cross’ plan to support the long-term recovery of 100,000 families in the worst affected areas over the coming two years. 

The ICRC’s appeal for 15 million Swiss Francs (USD 16.7 million) is for essential work in areas recovering from the effects of armed conflict.

Further information

Philippine Red Cross website
Map of affected areas

News stories

100 days - Typhoon Haiyan timeline

100 days - Typhoon Haiyan timeline

Webstories, galleries and videos of the Typhoon Haiyan operation in the Philippines.  If your browser does not display the timeline, or you'd like the full-screen version, please  click here . // Scroll or slide to access a range of stories originally posted to ifrc.org. Use the 3D option on the bottom left for an alternative view or use the setting (bottom right) to search and sort the timeline. 

Typhoon Haiyan – 100 days on: hopes and fears for the future

Typhoon Haiyan – 100 days on: hopes and fears for the future

100 days after Haiyan made landfall, the Philippine Red Cross is helping to reestablish livelihoods to create a more resilient future.

100 days later - Typhoon Haiyan infographics

100 days later - Typhoon Haiyan infographics

Download images highlighting the work of the Red Cross over the last 100 days.

Cash distributions give Typhoon Haiyan survivors a fresh start

Cash distributions give Typhoon Haiyan survivors a fresh start

The Philippine Red Cross cash transfer programme is an important part of the society's response to Typhoon Haiyan.

The volunteers who provided dignity for the dead following Typhoon Haiyan

The volunteers who provided dignity for the dead following Typhoon Haiyan

The snap of latex gloves in the back of the truck is the only sound as a group of Philippine Red Cross volunteers tasked with one of the most difficult jobs in the typhoon aftermath head out to work.

Community volunteers a vital link in post-Typhoon Haiyan health support

Community volunteers a vital link in post-Typhoon Haiyan health support

The Japanese Red Cross Society's health ERU is working with community volunteers to provide a better service.

Typhoon Haiyan - shelter response in numbers

Typhoon Haiyan - shelter response in numbers

The scale of the shelter work necessary in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan is staggering.

The search for missing relatives continues in Leyte

The search for missing relatives continues in Leyte

Anxious friends and families are waiting to find out the fate of those missing since the storm. The Philippine Red Cross has dedicated tracing teams working daily to try to end the ...

Cash transfer programme to boost crisis-hit communities in Philippines

Cash transfer programme to boost crisis-hit communities in Philippines

Isolated mountain communities on Panay island are set to receive a cash boost to support the redevelopment of vital coconut and rice crops crucial to their livelihoods.

Moving from relief to recovery one month on from Typhoon Haiyan

Moving from relief to recovery one month on from Typhoon Haiyan

Just four weeks ago, the most powerful storm in recorded history, battered the Visaya’s region of the Philippines, causing an unprecedented level of destruction that left thousands dead and the country ...

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