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On November 8th, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan – also known as Typhoon Yolanda – struck the Philippines.

Gerardo Amantillo (74) and Jovita Amantillo (74) from Basey

Gerardo Amantillo and Jovita Amantillo from Basey, a coastal region of Leyte island close to Tacloban. When water rushed into their home, Gerardo and Jovita were swept out of the house and had to grab onto a neighbour’s roof for safety. They clung to the roof for two hours until the storm eased. Photo: Eoghan Rice, 2013

Winds of 230 kilometres per hour stuck the central islands, destroying entire towns and bringing heavy rains and waves that resulted in flooding, landslides and widespread damage.

Over 6,300 people died as a result of the typhoon and four million people were left homeless.

Trócaire responded to the typhoon immediately, working with partners in the country, particularly Caritas Philippines and CRS, to deliver urgent aid to people affected.

Trócaire reached over 300,000 people through our response to Typhoon Haiyan.

Key Facts

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230km/h winds

Hit the country on 8 November 2013

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4 million

People were left homeless by the typhoon

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People have been reached through Trócaire's response

Long-term focus

Our initial focus was on providing shelter, food and water to people left homeless. Our longer-term focus saw us build disaster-resistant houses for people whose homes had been destroyed.

We are continuing to work with vulnerable people in the Philippines to rebuild their lives and protect them from future storms.

The worsening impacts of climate change means that both the frequency and intensity of storms in the Philippines is likely to increase over the coming years.

Watch: 'Philippines Typhoon One Year on: Ronald’s story' from our partner organisation Caritas Internationalis.

Updates from the Philippines

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