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Super Typhoon Haiyan

Date: 12/18/2013 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry receives a briefing on Typhoon Haiyan recovery and relief efforts as he visits a USAID/OFDA Forward Operating Base in Tacloban City, Philippines, on December 18, 2013. - State Dept Image

On November 8, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan—known as Yolanda in the Philippines—made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage.

According to USAID, the storm affected an estimated 9.7 million people, and damaged or destroyed approximately 23,200 houses, as well as public infrastructure and agricultural land. Those numbers are expected to increase in the coming days as more information becomes available. Photos: U.S. Government Works with Philippines on Typhoon Relief Efforts

How You Can Help

The best way to help those affected by disasters is to make a cash donation to reputable relief and charitable organizations working in the disaster zone.

Contact the Center for International Disaster Information to learn where to donate

On the web:

By phone: 202-821-1999

Visit the following sites for lists of organizations responding to Typhoon Haiyan.


As President Obama said in a statement on November 10, the U.S. Government is providing $20 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to benefit typhoon-affected populations, including the provision of emergency shelter, food assistance, relief commodities, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team and a corresponding Washington, DC - based Response Management Team, and other humanitarian groups including the International Red Cross and the United Nations have also deployed response teams.

Other Resources

U.S. Agency for International Development: How To Help
U.S. Embassy Manila
U.S. Embassy Manila Twitter
USAID: Super-Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Statements and Releases

Fact Sheet: Typhoon Haiyan - U.S. Government Assistance
Secretary Kerry's Remarks at USAID Tacloban
Secretary Kerry's Remarks at the Swearing-in Ceremony for U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines
PDAS Marciel's Testimony on U.S. Government's Response to Super Typhoon Haiyan

White House FACT SHEET: U.S. Response to Typhoon Haiyan
U.S. Government Humanitarian Aid to the Filipino People
President Obama Speaks on Typhoon Haiyan
Background Briefing on U.S. Assistance to the Philippines

Statement by the President Encouraging Americans to Support Relief Efforts in the Philippines
Secretary Kerry's Statement on Super Typhoon Haiyan
Statement from USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah on Super Typhoon Haiyan
Readout of the President’s call to President Aquino of the Philippines
Statement by the President on Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda


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