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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

November 2, 2013 - November 11, 2013

Facts of Interest

  • Affected Areas: Philippines, Micronesia, Vietnam
  • Storm Strength: Equivalent of Category 5, the highest - and the strongest tropical cyclone to ever make landfall
  • Sustained wind speed at landfall: 195 miles per hour - breaking the previous highest record of 190 mph
  • Wind gusts: Up to 235 miles per hour
  • Surge in sea level during the storm: 13 feet

Impact

  • World Health Organization disaster classification: Category 3, the highest - on par with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the Haiti earthquake in 2010
  • People affected: More than 16 million
  • Death toll: More than 6000
  • People displaced: 4.1 million
  • People in need of food: 2.5 million
  • Amount of area destroyed in the storm's path: 70 to 80 percent
  • Homes damaged or destroyed: 1.2 million - over half which were completely destroyed
  • Amount of homes lost in hardest-hit areas: 90 percent
  • Livelihoods: An estimated 5.9 million workers lost income sources primarily as a result of infrastructure damage, lack of market access, and disrupted cash flow