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  • Oct 26, 2014
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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.

HK$40m boost for disaster relief fund approved, ensuring aid for typhoon

The Legislative Council yesterday approved a HK$40 million injection to the government's disaster relief fund to ensure there is enough cash for local charities to help those hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Saturday, 16 November, 2013, 6:02am 8 comments

Typhoon relief for Philippines is welcome, but what of others?

The Philippines is Hong Kong's close neighbour but the archipelago seems to elicit interest only when something ghastly has happened. Right now, it's the worst storm in recorded history. That's saying quite a lot.

Luckily, Haiyan was also fast-moving enough to do far less damage than it might have. But it came on the tail of a 7.2 earthquake in Bohol. Isn't enough enough?

15 Nov 2013 - 9:12pm 4 comments

Philippines raises typhoon death toll to 3,621

The Philippines raised its official death toll from a super typhoon to 3,621 on Friday, but it was still below a UN estimate that has caused friction between the world body and the government.

15 Nov 2013 - 9:39pm

China should send warships to Philippines: state media

China should send warships to the Philippines as part of the typhoon disaster relief effort to counter US and Japanese influence, state-run media said on Friday.

15 Nov 2013 - 4:09pm 6 comments

Philippine government defends Typhoon Haiyan response

The Philippine government on Friday defended its efforts to deliver aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, many of whom have received little or no assistance since the monster storm struck one week ago.

15 Nov 2013 - 12:22pm

Grim task of burying dead starts on hillside outside Tacloban

A city devastated by last week's typhoon buried some of its dead in a mass grave in a hillside cemetery yesterday, a sombre reminder of the tragedy that has left the Philippines with the monumental task of providing for about 11.5 million affected people.

15 Nov 2013 - 12:52pm

Residents in Guiuan, near Tacloban, tell of Super Typhoon Haiyan's onslaught

The power cut out at 10pm, but Flora Paraskovich had enough charge left in her laptop to watch the gathering storm as it inched across the screen, closer and closer to her home.

15 Nov 2013 - 12:56pm

Good intentions 'aren't enough' when donating after a crisis such as Haiyan

Faced with heartbreaking images of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines - the sea of corpses, communities reduced to rubble, mothers clutching their hungry children - the world is watching an epic tragedy unfold and looking for ways to help. The big question is how.

15 Nov 2013 - 12:54pm

Disaster diplomacy at play in Haiyan aid response by China, United States

The brutal Typhoon Haiyan is having geopolitical effects in the region, with a quick and generous response from the US shoring up its influence and China's sluggish and modest aid effort making a dent in its soft power.

15 Nov 2013 - 11:14am 6 comments

Philippines needs to improve its disaster response

A week after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept through the central Philippines, President Benigno Aquino is under pressure over how long it is taking to get food, water, medicine and other emergency supplies to survivors.

15 Nov 2013 - 3:36am 2 comments

China to give additional 10 million yuan to Philippine storm victims after criticism

Beijing said yesterday it would increase its aid to the typhoon-pummelled Philippines after criticism of its initial modest response, but some Chinese web users called for no help at all.

15 Nov 2013 - 9:08pm 27 comments

Show solidarity, not indifference, in face of Philippine typhoon disaster

What is wrong with our leaders in Hong Kong and Beijing? If there is ever a time when realpolitik, cold diplomacy and humanitarianism converge, it is now.

14 Nov 2013 - 3:29am 42 comments

Deadline for bus hostage sanctions against Manila stays, despite typhoon

Hong Kong has "no plan" to delay possible economic sanctions against the Philippines over the Manila bus hostage crisis, despite the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

14 Nov 2013 - 4:39pm 73 comments

Psychologists rush to ease Philippine typhoon survivors' mental trauma

Dozens of psychologists heav begun helping dazed survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan deal with the psychological fallout of one of the Philippines's worst ever disasters.

14 Nov 2013 - 2:58am

East Asia likely to face stronger storms in future due to oceanic warming

Scientists fear that stronger, more frequent typhoons will pummel East Asia in the coming years, crippling vital power and transport infrastructure in coastal areas.

14 Nov 2013 - 3:10am 1 comment