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Saferworld Viewpoint: Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines - 14 November 2013

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THINK LONG-TERM, ACT LOCAL

BACKGROUND

The archipelago of over 7,100 islands that make up the Philippines has always been a massively disaster prone area. Yet, trends show that over the past few years, the frequency and intensity of typhoons have actually increased. The Philippines was hit by 56 storms between 1983 -1993; 67 between 1993-2003; and 91 in the last 10 years.

Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) is the 24th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, exceeding the national average. It is one of the largest ever worldwide. On Haiyan’s path lay the Bohol area in Central Visayas (Region VII). Bohol was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake just a month ago, killing 222, injuring 976 people and damaging more than 73,000 houses. This is thus an unprecedented and compound disaster.