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Spatial and temporal setting

2nd November: Tropical depression
4th November: Tropical storm
5th November: Typhoon
7th November: Landfall across Philippines
11th November: Dissipated over S China



Category 5 over Philippines


Cause of event

Warm oceans and rising air around the Federated states of Micronesia. 7.5m storm surge created.


Where was the most vulnerable and why?

Tacloban > The first to be hit by the typhoon and storm surge:
- High population density
- High levels of poverty. Slums with poor construction, lack of insurance. Reliant on aid.
- Low lying areas


Primary impacts

- 6000 killed and 1000 missing
- Widespread damage to infrastructure and buildings
- Destruction of roads, airports and hospitals
- Damage to farming and fishing industries
- Damage to government buildings


Secondary impacts

- 2 million homeless and 6 million displaced
- 20,000 fled to capital of Manila
- Landslide caused further infrastructure damage
- Damage of over $8 billion, setting back future development
- Looting due to government instability


Pre disaster stage

Monitored by the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre



Locals begin the search and rescue process



- State of national emergency declared
- International aid requested
- UN fundraising of $788 million
- Two UK navy ships deployed with 200,000 tonnes of aid
- Aid from the USA



- Grants to buy new fishing boats
- Save the Children set up temporary schools
- Tourists resorts rebuilt
- Improvements to satellite prediction
- Mangroves and tree plantations to reduce impacts of storm surges


Why were responses to Haiyan worse than to Hurricane Katrina?

- Destruction of poor infrastructure delayed relief
- Only 20% of those needing aid in Tacloban received it
- Lack of political stability: looting and aid stolen from charity trucks
- Slow government response: 5 days with no water or shelter provided for those in need