On Friday, November 8, 2013 the central Philippines was battered by a super typhoon known as Haiyan.

While the Philippines experiences 20 to 25 typhoons each year,  Typhoon Haiyan was stronger and caused more extensive damage than any other storm in the world this year. Some say that it may be the most powerful typhoon to ever hit land. World Renew responded in cooperation with its local partners and international networks including the Integral Alliance.

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Response Update - 1 Year Anniversary 


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Disaster Summary

Approximately 14.4 million people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and 673,000 people are displaced and homeless. The storm killed an estimated 4,460 people, knocked out power lines and destroyed infrastructure. Experts are already predicting that this could be the most dmaging storm of the past century.  Haiyan generated waves of up to five metres (16 feet) high that surged inland like a tsunami, destroying nearly everything in their path along huge stretches of coastline.

Fortunately, due to disaster preparedness training, the loss of life wasn’t as great as it could have been. Early warning systems alerted the government of the Philippines to the storm’s track and potential damage. As a result, 720,000 people were evacuated from their homes in advance of the storm. In addition, national and local governments used their disaster preparedness training to pre-position food packs, water and rescue operations.

Unfortunately, the available resources from the Philippines government are not adequate to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the affected population. In addition, on the island of Bohol , people were still recovering from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that took place on October 15, 2013, and 350,000 people were still living in makeshift tents. These vulnerable families are now once again facing an unknown future with only the clothing on their backs.

World Renew is initially responding through our local partners the Christian Reformed Church in the Philippines and Philippine Relief and Development Services, to provide emergency food assistance, temporary shelter and hygiene kits to affected families in Panay, Leyte and Eastern Samar. These efforts are primarily being coordinated with the Integral Alliance – a global network of 19 Christian disaster response & development organizations.

World Renew also hopes to move from this phase of emergency assistance to long-term recovery and rehabilitation programs in the Philippines. This could include home reconstruction or the restarting of businesses and livelihoods. The scale and duration of this response, however, will depend on the level of financial support we receive.

Your prayers and financial support for the people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, and for World Renew's response, are urgently needed. 

Checks marked “Philippines Typhoon Haiyan” can be sent to:

World Renew US
1700 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508-1407
Tel: 1-800-552-7972

World Renew Canada
3475 Mainway
P.O. Box 5070 STN LCD
Burlington, Ontario, L7R 3Y8
Tel: 1-800-730-3490



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