Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Response

On Friday, November 8, 2013 the central Philippines was battered by a super typhoon known as Haiyan. While the Philippines experiences 20 to 25 typhoons each year, Typhoon Haiyan was stronger and caused more extensive damage than any other storm in the world this year. Some say that it may be the most powerful typhoon to ever hit land.

Haiyan generated waves of up to five metres (16 feet) high that surged inland like a tsunami, destroying nearly everything in their path along huge stretches of coastline. By the time the storm was over, Typhoon Haiyan had killed 6109 people and destroyed 1.1 million homes.  It also knocked out power lines and destroyed infrastructure.

Fortunately, due to disaster preparedness training, the loss of life wasn’t as great as it could have been. Early warning systems alerted the government of the Philippines to the storm’s track and potential damage. As a result, 720,000 people were evacuated from their homes in advance of the storm. In addition, national and local governments used their disaster preparedness training to pre-position food packs, water and rescue operations.Despite these preparations, the needs following Typhoon Haiyan were and continue to be great.  CCA members have a long history in the Philippines and were able to respond quickly.  They have also made a commitment to walk alongside Haiyan survivors for the long-term, helping them to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. With support from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC), the United Church of Canada is providing rice, corn and vegetable seed to restart agriculture and livelihoods in Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Samar and Leyte.

Lead Agency

  • United Church of Canada (UCC)
  • ADRA

CCA Supporting Members

  • ADRA Canada
  • Canadian Baptist Ministries
  • Canadian Lutheran World Relief
  • Emergency Relief & Development Overseas (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada)
  • Mennonite Central Committee Canada
  • Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada
  • The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (Anglican)
  • Presbyterian World Service & Development
  • World Renew