- Executive summary
Owing to the consecutive disasters that struck the Philippines in 2013, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) through the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), continues to implement activities as outlined in the IFRC’s development operational plan for 2013. PRC had been responding since August 2013 when typhoons and severe weather systems had affected the entire archipelago, including the strongest typhoon on record, Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, that killed more than 6,000 people.
Apart from Typhoon Haiyan, four destructive typhoons made landfall in the Philippines during the second half of the year – Utor (locally known as Labuyo), Usagi (Odette), Nari (Santi) and Krosa (Vinta). According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), these typhoons affected at least five million people across Luzon island and damaged/destroyed at least 126,000 houses.