Go to main content
 
 

Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines, 2013: "Chaos, anguish and disaster… our priority was to prevent the worst”

Emergency
Philippines

As Typhoon Mangkhut threatens to make landfall in the Philippines, HI’s country director in 2013, Edith Van Wijngaarden, recalls the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Mangkhut in Pacific ocean in direction to Philippines.

Typhoon Mangkhut in Pacific ocean in direction to Philippines. | © Cyclocane

Edith Van Wijngaarden

"As Typhoon Mangkhut approaches the Philippines, my thoughts go out to the Filipinos threatened by this powerful storm, and to HI’s teams in the field. I was director of HI in the Philippines in 2013 when the country was hit by Typhoon Haiyan. I remember the chaos and anguish. It was a terrible disaster. Communications were down for days. Some 6,300 people lost their lives, and 14 million others were affected.

Our priority was to help people in need as fast as possible, and prevent the worst. We organised our response quickly and were able to assist more than 8,000 people, providing rehabilitation care, offering psychological support, rebuilding homes and giving people a source of income. But the disaster left its mark - it’s not something people forget in a hurry."

 

 


HI works regularly with people affected by natural disasters in the Philippines by improving the disaster preparedness and resilience of communities, among other activities. As Typhoon Mangkhut heads towards the Philippines, HI’s teams are preparing to provide response to the most vulnerable people. 

Where your
support
helps

PRESS CONTACT

CANADA

Gabriel PERRIAU

USA

Mica BEVINGTON

 

Help them
concretely

To go further

Typhoon Kammuri hits the Philippines: HI preparing to assess the needs of those affected.
© Cyclocane
Emergency

Typhoon Kammuri hits the Philippines: HI preparing to assess the needs of those affected.

Since Monday evening, the Philippines has been battling typhoon Kammuri. Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated.

 Earthquake in the Philippines: more than 37,000 families affected. HI ready to respond.
© HI
Emergency

Earthquake in the Philippines: more than 37,000 families affected. HI ready to respond.

HI has assessed the needs of victims after the Philippines was struck by several earthquakes between 16 and 31 October. 

Rehabilitation care for earthquake victims in Pakistan
© Muhammad Reza/ANADOLU AGENCY/AFP PHOTO
Emergency

Rehabilitation care for earthquake victims in Pakistan

On September 24, an earthquake struck Pakistan, killing 40 people and injuring 900. Humanity & Inclusion’s team is on the ground, providing support to the most vulnerable.