PHILIPPINES Super Typhoon Haiyan Donations

PHILIPPINES Super Typhoon Haiyan Donations


Please consider giving to MERCY CORPS
for Philippines Haiyan Relief
that provides 88% of Donations to actual
aid in water, food, sanitation and shelter.



Quick facts: What you need to know about Super Typhoon Haiyan

Philippines, November 14, 2013

  • Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines on November 8, 2013. The storm affected nearly 12 percent of the country’s population, leaving them in dire need of clean water, food and shelter. Photo: Courtesy of Nove foto da Firenze

On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan cut a devastating path across the central Philippines. The UN is coordinating a massive humanitarian response to help nearly 12 million people affected by the strongest storm on record, and Mercy Corps’ emergency team is working to get supplies like water purifiers, generators, tents and blankets to survivors.

Here are some key facts about the situation in the Philippines right now:

Super Typhoon Haiyan

  • Storm strength: Equivalent of Category 5, the highest — and the strongest tropical cyclone to ever make landfall
  • Sustained wind speed at landfall: 195 miles per hour — breaking the previous highest record of 190 mph)
  • Wind gusts: Up to 235 miles per hour
  • Surge in sea level during the storm: 13 feet


  • World Health Organization disaster classification: Category 3, the highest — on par with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the Haiti earthquake in 2010
  • People affected: 11.8 million — nearly 12% of the country’s population
  • Death toll (reported thus far): 4,460
  • People left homeless: 921,212
  • People in need of food: 2.5 million
  • Amount of area destroyed in the storm’s path: 70 to 80 percent
  • Homes damaged or destroyed: 281,091
  • Amount of homes lost in hardest-hit areas: 90 percent
  • Most immediate threats to survivors (in order of urgency): Lack of safe drinking water, no shelter, untreated injuries and illnesses, insufficient food, lack of sanitation and personal hygiene items, lack of household supplies like fuel

The Philippines

  • Population: 98 million
  • Population living on less than $2 per day: 2 in 5
  • Number of babies to be born in typhoon-affected areas this month: 12,000
  • Share of roads that are paved: 22.2 percent
  • Global rank on infrastructure quality in 2009: 94
  • Global rank on infrastructure quality in 2011: 113

Emergency response

  • Members of Mercy Corps’ emergency team: Experts in water, sanitation, logistics and distribution
  • Number of disasters our team has responded to since 2007: 23
  • Our immediate priorities: Clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food
  • Source of emergency relief supplies: Local wholesalers and vendors, to support the recovery of the local economy
  • When a larger permanent team is likely to be in place: December, with a focus on recovery and long-term rebuilding
  • Our recovery specialties: Economic support via cash transfers, mobile money or work to repair infrastructure. Helping children heal from trauma with dedicated creative and sports programs that help them regain a sense of normalcy.
  • Funding requested by the UN: $301 million
  • Months of recovery that will cover: Only the first 6
  • Amount still needed: 81%


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