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.

Indonesian domestic helpers raise funds to help victims of typhoon

Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers members raise money for typhoon victims. Photo: Edmond So

When Indonesian domestic helper Ennie saw images of the destruction wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan as it battered the Philippines, the collapsed houses and bridges reminded her of the 2004 tsunami.

Monday, 18 November, 2013, 11:23am 1 comment

United Nations chief says Super Typhoon Haiyan is warning to mankind

Ban Ki-moon. Photo: EPA

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines, was an example of climate change and should serve as a warning to mankind.

18 Nov 2013 - 6:20am 1 comment

When disaster strikes, politics should yield to relief work

People queue up under the rain to receive relief supplies. When a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Bohol in central Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross was denied access after it refused to turn over its relief supplies to the Bohol mayor. Photo: AP

The devastation left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan is overwhelming. It's beyond anyone's imagination what this moment - this second - feels like for those who have lost family members and their homes. As the rest of the world attends to the desperate cries for help, politics really should be left on the back burner.

18 Nov 2013 - 7:22am 2 comments

Grieving typhoon survivors seek solace in Sunday prayer

Typhoon survivors pray during a church service held at a neighboring construction site to the damaged Our Lady of the Holy Rosary church in Palo, Philippines. Photo: AP

Grieving survivors of a monster typhoon that smashed into the mainly Catholic Philippines flocked to shattered churches Sunday, as scaled-up relief efforts strived to reach vulnerable, isolated communities.

17 Nov 2013 - 7:09pm 1 comment

Aid missions boost US troops’ image, readiness

Sailors load fresh water onto an MH-60S Seahawk on the flight deck of the US Navy's aircraft carrier USS George Washington to be delivered ashore to the typhoon struck areas in the Philippines. Photo: EPA

As soon as Navy pilot Matthew Stafford puts his helicopter down in the village of Borongan, he is rushed by dozens of local men who form a line to unload the supplies and water he has flown in from the mothership, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. Children swarm him as he breaks out a box of sweets.

17 Nov 2013 - 3:59pm 2 comments

China awaits word from Manila on offer to send typhoon relief teams

A woman at a Hong Kong mass for victims. Photo: Edward Wong

The Chinese government initially offered US$100,000 to help in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan but raised its offer by a further US$1.6 million on Thursday.

18 Nov 2013 - 11:16am 3 comments

Help came far too late for some Philippine typhoon victims

A six-year old undergoes an operation performed by visiting doctors at a make-shift hospital. Some typhoon victims could not receive adequate medical care in time. Photo: Reuters

Richard Pulga lay on a hard steel gurney for five days with only a saline drip after being seriously injured in the typhoon that devastated his country. On Friday, Pulga, 27, died - essentially of a broken leg.

17 Nov 2013 - 5:55am

Kung fu practitioners in Hong Kong raise money for for Philippine victims

Two fighters practice wing chun - with money raised from the charity drive going to victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Fundraising efforts for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines got a kick-start yesterday, with an afternoon of martial arts and meditation classes in Central to raise money.

17 Nov 2013 - 5:03am

Disaster fund too rigid to offer timely help in Philippines, say charities

Food and clothes donated by Filipino workers in Hong Kong for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Reuters

Relief agencies including Hong Kong Red Cross and Oxfam have lashed out at the government's Disaster Relief Fund, saying it is too rigid to support their operations in the Philippines.

17 Nov 2013 - 5:03am

How they see it

A devastated area from Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: AFP

No single typhoon, flood or drought anywhere in the world can be blamed on global warming, but the inexorable rise of the global thermometer is nevertheless an indicator of worse to come. Much of the developing world is within and around the tropics, where cyclones are a seasonal hazard.

17 Nov 2013 - 3:20am

State media defend China's meagre aid for Philippine typhoon victims

Aid packages as part of efforts to assist victims of Typhoon Haiyan are ready to be shipped in an Oxfam UK warehouse. Beijing's initial US$200,000 donation to the Philippines has drawn criticism. Photo: AFP

Beijing's initial US$200,000 donation to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines fell far short of both China's economic clout and its ambitions to be a major world player.

17 Nov 2013 - 8:23am 7 comments

Lessons for Hong Kong in the way typhoon Haiyan wreaked destruction

The aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Reuters

In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan devastating large swathes of the Philippines, the news media have linked the storm's ferocity to climate change. So did Yeb Sano, lead negotiator for the Philippines at the United Nations climate talks that are currently under way in Poland.

17 Nov 2013 - 3:01am 1 comment

Japan medics bring high-tech fixes to Philippines typhoon

Japanese rescue team prepare their gear as they set up field hospital in the downtown of Tacloban City. Photo: EPA

Japanese medics working to help victims of the Philippines typhoon have deployed wireless mobile X-ray kits using tablet computers, a world first in a disaster zone, a team spokesman said on Saturday.

16 Nov 2013 - 2:03pm

Driven by despair and determination to survive: a couple's typhoon story

Gerardo Alvarez, 53, whose mother and sister died, is overwhelmed with grief. He had to be strapped to a wheelchair and medicated at an airbase in Cebu. Photo: Reuters

The despair around them has become so commonplace that Joyma and Delfin Perlas, in some ways, feel lucky.

16 Nov 2013 - 3:52am

Grim task of collecting the corpses in Philippines goes on

A typhoon victim's body is washed ashore as hundreds more are collected for burial. Photo: EPA

A week after one of the strongest typhoons ever tore through the Philippines, bodies still lie where they fell or were washed up.

16 Nov 2013 - 3:49am