Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, struck the Philippines in November 2013 with winds of up to 190 mph (305 kph). At least 10,000 people died in one Philippine province alone.

Poverty in typhoon alley: How monster winds destroy livelihoods in the Philippines

Help us: A sign at a village in Taft, east Samar, one of the Philippines' poorest regions and gateway for many of Asia's deadliest storms. Photo: AFP

Life is a constant throw of the dice for farmer Nilo Dilao and other residents of the Philippine island of Samar, the ground zero for many of Asia's deadliest storms.

Sunday, 21 December, 2014, 8:00am 1 comment

With prayers and tears, Philippines remembers the devastation of Haiyan

Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Cavite place flowers into the sea to mark the first anniversary of the disaster, which killed more than 7,300 people when it lashed the Philippines. Photo: Xinhua

Survivors of the strongest typhoon ever to hit land wept at mass graves yesterday during ceremonies to mark one year since the storm devastated the central Philippines and condemned millions to deeper poverty.

10 Nov 2014 - 8:02pm

Typhoon-shattered Philippines slowly on mend

Typhoon-shattered Philippines slowly on mend

Philippine communities shattered by Super Typhoon Haiyan last year are starting to bustle again as a mega-reconstruction effort takes root. But one year later millions of survivors are enduring crippling poverty and are dangerously exposed to the next big storm.

6 Nov 2014 - 1:56pm

Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines struggle to rebuild their lives, six months on

Devastation left by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, with survivors stranded in the mud and rain amid debris from their homes against a bleak backdrop of wind-battered palm trees. Photo: Reuters

Six months after the strongest typhoon to hit land killed his mother and tore down much of their house in the eastern Philippines, Sofronio Cervantes wants to return home. But he faces a battle to scrape together the money to rebuild his life once he gets there.

11 May 2014 - 6:02am 3 comments

Businesses must do more to protect Asia’s cities from climate disaster

Businesses must do more to protect Asia’s cities from climate disaster

Asia is witnessing a multitude of catastrophic climate-related disasters, with many lives lost and billions of dollars of damage done to economies. We need only look at the devastating effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan last year or the massive floods that brought Thailand to a standstill in 2011 to see the punishing impact of extreme weather.

27 Mar 2014 - 6:45pm

Opong villagers believe their faith is what saved them from Typhoon Haiyan

Opong's typhoon survivors hold a religious procession 10 days after the storm struck in this award-winning photo. Photo: AFP

Returning to their destroyed village after a catastrophic typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines last year, a weary band of Catholics vowed a lifelong sacrifice to thank God for saving them.

14 Mar 2014 - 10:17pm

Philippine coconut oil exports fall 35pc after super typhoon Haiyan

A typhoon survivor starts to rebuild his house on a plantation of destroyed coconut trees near Jaro Town, in Leyte province. Photo: AFP

Philippine coconut oil exports fell 35 per cent at the start of this year, driving up global prices, after the destruction of millions of trees by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

11 Mar 2014 - 10:50pm

Beckham raises cheer for Philippines typhoon survivors – but not everyone recognises him

David Beckham visited the Philippines to comfort survivors of the Asian country’s deadliest ever typhoon. Photo: Reuters

Football superstar David Beckham visited the Philippines on Thursday to give comfort to survivors of the Asian country’s deadliest ever typhoon – although not everyone was sure of his identity.

13 Feb 2014 - 4:24pm

Philippines says 'thank you' to the world for Typhoon Haiyan aid

A "thank you" message in Paris. Photo: SMP

The Philippines said "thank you" on billboards around the world in gratitude for the massive outpouring of international help after Typhoon Haiyan killed about 8,000 people three months ago.

9 Feb 2014 - 4:13am

Philippine typhoon victims receive HK$2 million in aid from Hong Kong

More than 100 died and nearly 800,000 were displaced when Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines last November. Photo: EPA

More than HK$2 million worth of aid, financed by Hong Kong’s Disaster Relief Fund, is being distributed in Philippine towns hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

Relief packs featuring essential food stuffs, survival items and sanitary supplies are being handed out to about 5,000 families in the remote central Philippine towns of Ajuy, Batad and San Dionisio in Iloilo province.

4 Feb 2014 - 8:55pm

Will American troops return to Philippine bases?

Filipinos rush to get relief goods from a US Navy helicopter in November in the town of Salcedo on Samar Island. It was one of the areas that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: EPA

When Typhoon Haiyan cut a devastating swathe through the central Philippines last November, the US military was among the first to respond. In days, the United States starting delivering what would be nearly 1,000 personnel, 50 ships and aircraft, and tens of millions of dollars of aid to the hardest hit areas.

4 Feb 2014 - 7:13am

Aid group fears children sex-trafficked in Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

UNHCR tents and makeshift shelters in a typhoon devastated village in Samar. Photo: EPA

Plan International said it was concerned about five high school girls recruited in the aftermath of the November 8 typhoon in Basey and Marabut, two impoverished coastal towns on the island of Samar which suffered heavy damage and casualties.

12 Jan 2014 - 5:23am

Typhoon brings unexpected medical relief to Philippine town

Patients inside one of the ward-tents of the Red Cross tent hospital in Basey town, central Philippines. Photo: AFP

A devastating typhoon that killed thousands of people in the Philippines has unexpectedly given young traffic accident victim Mario Renos hope that he could one day walk again.

5 Jan 2014 - 12:36pm

Haiyan survivors in Tacloban do their best to find solace in Christmas

A woman decorates a tree in the devastated Sagkahan area of Tacloban as survivors do their best to celebrate Christmas. Photo: Reuters

When Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through the southern Philippines last month, destroying towns, lives and livelihoods, the early Christmas decorations did not stand a chance.

Maria Rose, a Filipino sociologist, had set up early for this year's festivities. Nothing is left.

23 Dec 2013 - 9:30pm

UN urges more aid for Philippine typhoon recovery

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario in Manila. Photo: AFP

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community Sunday to ramp up aid for the Philippines’ typhoon reconstruction, saying “we must not allow this to be another forgotten crisis.”

23 Dec 2013 - 9:28pm