Typhoon Haiyan Facts and Figures

Although the full extent of the damage is still being assessed, the Philippines Government today announced some updated figures regarding the impact of Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda).

  • 5,500 dead
  • 1,757 missing
  • 26,136 injured
  • 3.4million displaced
  • 10 to 13 million people are affected
  • 5 million affected are children
  • 574,392 houses totally destroyed
  • 575,137 houses damaged
  • 225,922 living in evacuation centers
  • 1,069 evacuation centers set up
  • 3,316,448 people outside of evacuation centers receiving aid

Typhoon Haiyan crossed the Philippines on 7 and 8 November 2013. It caused a huge amount of flooding and landslides across the region, in particular Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Bohol and Panay.

leyte after haiyan
Leyte after Haiyan. Photo: flickr.com/photos/jordibernabeu/

For more images of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster, please see our collection of photos here.

There had been many warnings of the power and potential destruction of the typhoon, and evacuations and other preparedness measures were carried out. However, despite this the impact on the population of the Philippines has been devastating. The Philippines President declared a national state of emergency on 11 November in order to help relief operations.

tacloban after haiyan
Tacloban after Haiyan. Photo: flickr.com/photos/dfid/

The European Commission Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO) today published a fact sheet on Typhoon Haiyan.

Within it there are 2 main points; the major challenges faced by the people of the Philippines and the ongoing relief work, plus the aid that has been sent by European Countries.

haiyan makeshift shelter
Makeshift Shelter. Photo: flickr.com/photos/jordibernabeu/

Reading through the major challenges listed by ECHO sheds a good deal of light on the difficulties of carrying out relief operations, in particular on such a large scale in such devastated areas.

Food scarcity is one of the biggest problems. As many as 2.5 million people are struggling to find enough food, and relief operations are finding it difficult to reach them, since transport and communications have been so badly damaged. Finding clean drinking water is also a severe problem, although the most recent update from the Philippines government is that water supply in areas of Leyte (17 towns, 2 cities), Western Samar (2 towns,1 city) and Eastern Samar (1 town) has now been restored, but the town of Coron is still suffering and needing to ration water supply.

ECHO also point out the need to protect vulnerable groups (such as women and children) in order to prevent violence and exploitation. Medical services have suffered and its vital that mobile clinics and field hospitals are set up.

Guiuan, Eastern Samar Province
Guiuan, Eastern Samar Province. Photo: flickr.com/photos/usnavy/

Emergency shelter is also one of the most pressing issues. Although evacuation centres have been set up, there is not nearly enough room for everyone, and many have set up camp outside the evacuation centres at a time when further heavy rainfall and possibly another typhoon is quite likely.

Tacloban destruction
Tacloban destruction. Photo: flickr.com/photos/dfataustralianaid/

In the more medium term, the bigger problems are that of helping people get back their livelihoods, and for younger people, continue their educations. Farmers face a pressing need. After Haiyan had destroyed so many crops, its important for many farmers to get rice seed that they can plant in the next few weeks, during the planting season.

European Financial Aid for the Philippines

Below is a list from the ECHO fact sheet of the European countries that have given financial aid to the Philippines to help the victims of Haiyan.

  • Austria €1,350,000
  • Belgium €-
  • Czech Republic €582,705
  • Denmark €6,100,000
  • Estonia €150,000
  • Finland €3,110,000
  • France €585,000
  • Germany €6,600,000
  • Ireland €2,675,000
  • Italy €650,000
  • Latvia €30,000
  • Lithuania €49,855
  • Luxembourg €400,000
  • Netherlands €6,000,000
  • Malta €40,000
  • Norway €25,000,000
  • Poland €-
  • Romania €150,000
  • Slovakia €20,000
  • Slovenia €60,000
  • Spain €831,000
  • Sweden €8,605,085
  • United Kingdom €63,380,000

Source: Government of the Philippines