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Catholic Relief Services Fact Sheet on Typhoon Haiyan


Impact of Super-typhoon Haiyan:

  • Super-typhoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda, made landfall on 8 November 2013

  • The typhoon affected an estimated 14 million people in nine regions of the Philippines and, according to the Philippine government, resulted in 6,183 deaths, 28,626 injuries, 1,785 missing, and the displacement of over four million people.

  • Estimates of more than 1.1 million homes were damaged by the typhoon, of which 550,928 were completely destroyed.In worst-affected eastern Leyte and Samar, an estimated 90% of houses and 48% of primary livelihoods were completely destroyed.

  • Initially there were high levels of dependence on food aid with 27% of respondents going the whole day without eating and 39% going to bed hungry.

  • Coconut farms and fishing boats were destroyed, possessions lost, water and food supplies disrupted and infrastructure damaged.

Response to date:

  • CRS started distributions within two weeks of the disaster, and from 8 November 2013 to 8 January 2014, nearly 45,000 households were served.

  • The relief operation will reach 60,000 households with an integrated package of emergency shelter, WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene), and household items.

  • CRS established three offices in Ormoc, Palo and Eastern Samar and is working in 12 municipalities in the worst-hit provinces of Leyte and Eastern Samar.

  • The CRS rapid response has been possible thanks to the grassroots network of volunteers the Catholic Church mobilizes in affected communities and to donors who mobilized resources and funded CRS for relief and early recovery activities.


  • The recovery program will target 20,000 households for transitional shelter and WASH, and 15,000 for livelihoods, with DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) engaging with whole communities in the areas where shelter and livelihoods are being implemented.

  • In total, CRS aims to serve 100,000 households through the Haiyan response program, with the most vulnerable of the relief beneficiaries participating in the recovery program.

  • Emergency shelter targeting 45,000 families

  • Emergency WASH  (water, sanitation, and hygiene)

    1. 13,120 people had received an average of 3.74 liters of water per person per day.
    2. CRS has distributed hygiene, water and household kits so families who lost everything now have bedding, kitchen sets and buckets, containers, beakers and soap that are required for safe water handling.
    3. Latrine repairs and construction are ongoing, to provide clustered facilities for men, women, the disabled, and children, or household toilets where they existed before the typhoon.

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