Typhoon Haiyan

Unloading emergency supplies in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

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Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013. The lethal combination of 175 mph winds and heavy rains brought unprecedented devastation. An estimated 16.1 million people were affected:

  • at least 6,300 people lost their lives
  • 1.1 million homes were damaged or destroyed
  • 4.1 million people were displaced – nearly four times as many as those left homeless by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
  • 5.9 million workers lost their livelihoods and source of income to support their families

CARE’s response

Watch this video which describes how CARE helped people rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan (the video features a short introduction describing our approach to building resilience after disasters, then explains how we did this after Typhoon Haiyan):

In the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, we provided emergency support to some of the most remote and worst-hit communities. Despite severe damage to roads caused by flooding, CARE began distributing food relief packages just eight days after the storm. We also delivered emergency tarpaulins for people to cover their houses and cash grants to help people restart their businesses.

In the 12 months after the typhoon hit, CARE supported 318,650 people:

  • 252,115 people with food assistance
  • 59,984 people with emergency shelter supplies
  • 9,484 children with food through the 'School Feeding Programme'
  • 77,068 people with high-quality Shelter Repair Kits
  • 135,200 people with cash grants to restore their businesses or start new ones
  • 220 training sessions on livelihoods planning and good household money management
  • training on 'Build Back Safer' techniques to over 500 community carpenters

Veronica Jaingue in her shop

Veronica Jaingue used her livelihood grant from CARE to start a ginger tea business and to expand her small convenience store

What happens next?

CARE’s goal is to help Haiyan-affected communities recover from the disaster, build back safer, and ensure that future tropical storms do not wreak such damage on people's lives and livelihoods.

We're supporting over 300,000 individuals in 220 of the most remote and worst-affected barangays (communities) in Leyte, Western Samar and Panay:

  • supporting the most vulnerable households to build safer homes
  • supporting the most vulnerable households to kick-start livelihoods
  • supporting local partner organisations and communities to meet the different needs of women, girls, men and boys

Building back safer

We're assisting households in Leyte and Panay with shelter repair kits and cash support to buy additional materials. We particularly focus on extremely vulnerable households such as single parent families. Our roving shelter teams advise on better construction techniques and help communities to organise support for the most vulnerable people to enable them to complete their houses.

Building stronger livelihoods

We support people in typhoon-affected communities – from farmers to small business entrepreneurs – to rebuild livelihoods. We provide grants (more than half of them to women) to kick-start livelihood plans; business training to women entrepreneurs; and financial support and skills development to more than 200 organised community groups to strengthen rural community links with local markets, and enhance local economic development.

Working with partners

We provide organisational and technical support to local organisations, building the capacity of organisations on the ground to be able to prepare, plan and respond to future emergencies. In particular, we help organisations to ensure they are addressing the various needs of women, girls, men and boys.

Update November 2015:

As of October 2015, CARE and its local partners have assisted more than 335,000 people affected by Haiyan with emergency food distributions, shelter repair and livelihoods recovery, as well as various trainings on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, women’s empowerment and skills advancement. See our factsheet for more information.