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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.

USS George Washington leads US fleet out of Hong Kong for Philippines

The USS Antietam in Victoria Harbour. Photo: Felix Wong

The United Nations yesterday launched an appeal for US$301 million for typhoon-ravaged Philippines, and US warships left Hong Kong on a mercy mission to deliver aid.

Wednesday, 13 November, 2013, 10:26am 6 comments

Typhoon Haiyan kills eight and devastates farming in southern China

A resident carrying a child stands in a flooded street in Yong'an Town of Bobai County, southwest China's Guangxi province. Photo: Xinhua

The storm that devastated the Philippines has killed eight people in southern China and inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to farming and fishing industries, state media reported on Tuesday.

12 Nov 2013 - 9:49pm

US, Britain and Japan sending warships for Haiyan relief efforts

Military personnel deliver aid supplies at the destroyed airport after super typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city. Photo: Reuters

The United States is sending an aircraft carrier to the Philippines to help speed up relief efforts after a typhoon killed an estimated 10,000 people in one city alone, with fears the toll could rise sharply as rescuers reach devastated towns.

The USS George Washington aircraft carrier should arrive in 48 to 72 hours, the Pentagon said.

12 Nov 2013 - 6:29pm

State media: China ‘should help typhoon-ravaged Philippines despite row’

Japan-based US Marines head to the Philippines. Photo: EPA

China should put aside its territorial dispute with the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, state-run media said on Tuesday, adding that doing so was in Beijing’s best interests. China, the world's second largest economy, has offered to give the Philippines US$100,000 (HK$775,000) for relief efforts, substantially less than other countries. 

12 Nov 2013 - 6:25pm 107 comments

Storm watch: Weather patterns in the western Pacific over the past five years

Storm watch: Weather patterns in the western Pacific over the past five years

Is it a depression, a storm or a typhoon? It all depends on the strength of the wind. Here we analyse these weather patterns in the western Pacific over the past five years, including Super Typhoon Haiyan, which has just devastated the Philippines.

26 Nov 2013 - 10:45am

In face of disaster, let Hong Kong's kindness prevail

The devastated town of Guiuan in the Philippines after being hit by the super typhoon. Photo: EPA

The Philippines, no stranger to the awesome power of nature to wreak death and devastation, has suffered its worst recorded natural disaster. So extensive is the destruction wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan, so catastrophic the loss of life, that the full extent may not be known for days as rescue and relief teams battle to restore full communications with flattened communities in the stricken centre of the Philippine archipelago.

12 Nov 2013 - 4:23am 21 comments

Citi donates commissions to Philippine Red Cross

In desperate need of help.

Citi has responded swiftly to the disaster in the Philippines caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan. All Citi's commissions from sales and trading in the Asean region tomorrow will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross - so that would be a good day to trade with Citi. In addition, the Citi Foundation has pledged a US$250,000 disaster relief grant to the American Red Cross Pacific Typhoon Fund to support relief and recovery efforts in the communities affected by Haiyan.

12 Nov 2013 - 4:57am 4 comments

RTHK crew feared for their lives as Super Typhoon Haiyan raged

James Reynolds

Holed up in Tacloban's solid concrete city hall building, Hong Kong documentary filmmaker Leslie Ng thought he was safe from the devastation outside.

12 Nov 2013 - 10:46am 3 comments

There was nowhere to hide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan

An aerial photo shows the devastation left by Haiyan on Victory Island off the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar province. More than 10,000 people are feared dead in Leyte province alone. Photo: AFP

Philippine authorities were sure they had done enough to prevent mass casualties from Super Typhoon Haiyan, but with 10,000 people feared dead experts say parts of the country may be helpless against relentless storms.

12 Nov 2013 - 2:28am 3 comments

Hong Kong Filipinos desperately seek word from loved ones after typhoon strikes

Filipino villagers wait for food relief amidst the rubble of houses in super typhoon devastated town Hernani, eastern Samar province, Philippines, on Monday. Photo: EPA

Filipinos in Hong Kong are seeking word from loved ones in their homeland and praying for missing and displaced family after a super typhoon swept through the central Philippines killing an estimated 10,000 people.

11 Nov 2013 - 7:33pm

'Miracle' baby named after granny washed away by typhoon Haiyan

Baby Beatriz Joy was born at a makeshift medical centre in the storm-damaged central Philippine city of Tacloban. Photo: AFP

Emily Sagalis cried tears of joy after giving birth to a “miracle” girl in a typhoon-ravaged Philippine city, then named the baby after her mother who went missing in the storm.

12 Nov 2013 - 1:56am

Philippines struggles to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

Philippines' President Benigno Aquino III distributes water to families displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: AFP

Philippines rescue workers struggled to bring aid to famished and destitute survivors on Monday after a super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people, in what is feared to be the country’s worst natural disaster.

11 Nov 2013 - 12:30pm

Typhoon Haiyan makes landfall in Vietnam

People reinforce a river bank ahead of super-typhoon Haiyan's hit in Phu Yen province, central Vietnam. Photo: Xinhua

Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in Vietnam early on Monday, meteorologists said, days after it left thousands feared dead and widespread devastation in the Philippines.

The US Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) said in an update at 9pm the storm “is currently making landfall” approximately 160 kilometres east south-east of the capital Hanoi.

11 Nov 2013 - 5:42pm

In pictures: Typhoon Haiyan leaves trail of devastation

This image taken by astronaut Karen L. Nyberg and released by NASA shows Super Typhoon Haiyan from the International Space Station on November 9, 2013.   Photo: Reuters

Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon in the world this year and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land battered the central Philippines on Friday, forcing millions of people to flee to safer ground, cutting power lines and blowing apart houses.

11 Nov 2013 - 10:02am

US dispatches aid to Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan kills at least 10,000

US Marine Corps soldiers check emergency and rescue supplies in Okinawa, Japan, before departing for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Photo: EPA

The United States rushed assistance to the Philippines after a typhoon killed at least 10,000 people and will provide additional aid if it is needed, President Barack Obama said on Sunday.

Obama said America “is already providing significant humanitarian assistance and we stand ready to further assist the (Philippines) government’s relief and recovery efforts.”

11 Nov 2013 - 5:39pm