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.

In typhoon-hit Tablocan, tide turns on favourite daughter Imelda Marcos

Imelda Marcos has long been revered in Tlacoban. Photo: AFP

Look around the once-gracious city by a horseshoe-shaped bay and it is still possible to imagine it before the mass deaths and devastation of last Friday's typhoon, when it was a jewel of the Pacific thanks in good part to a local who became a global celebrity: Imelda Marcos, the flamboyant former first lady of the Philippines.

Saturday, 16 November, 2013, 3:53am 5 comments

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

Typhoon survivors rush to grab sacks of rice delivered by the Philippine army in devastated Leyte province yesterday. Photo: EPA

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.

16 Nov 2013 - 6:02am 8 comments

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

US Marines deliver relief aid at Tacloban airport. Photo: AFP

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

US soldiers work to unload aid supplies as people wait in the shade for evacuation flights at the destroyed airport in Tacloban City in central Philippines on Friday. Photo: Reuters

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

A man reads the front page of a Chinese newspaper showing a photo of the typhoon damage in the Philippines and characters that read "US and Europe hype up Chinese aid to Philippines as 'Not Generous'", in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: AP

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

Survivors walk to an evacuation flight at Tacloban airport. Photo: AP

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

Volunteers carry the body of a typhoon victim in a bag during a mass burial on the outskirts of Tacloban yesterday. Photo: AFP

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

Children who survived Typhoon Haiyan play on top of the ruins of their destroyed primary school in Guiuan. Photo: AP

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

People queue for food and water in Tacloban city. Photo: Reuters

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

Personnel from the US navy wait for the Blackhawk helicopters transporting boxes of bottled water near the city of Tacloban in the Philippines, which has been devastated by the super typhoon that hit on Friday. Photos: EPA

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

Volunteers repack food relief for typhoon victims at a warehouse. Photo: AP

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

The Chinese embassy in the Philippines said China will provide an additional 10 million yuan for relief efforts in the form of blankets, tents and other materials.Photo: AP

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

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said the government has no plan to extend the one-month ultimatum before imposing sanctions on the Philippines. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Firemen carrying the body of a victim in Tacloban. Photo: AP

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

Typhoon survivor Rosel Honrado (right) carries her one-day-old son as they take a flight on a military plane out of Tacloban. Photo: AFP

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