In addition to the human loss and injuries, Typhoon Haiyan caused extensive damage to housing, infrastructure, farms, and the functioning of goverment. Most people in the affected areas were left without reliable income streams.
An estimated, 5.9 million workers lost their sources of income and livelihoods. Of these, 2.6 million were already in vulnerable types of employment before the typhoon. Many small businesses were destroyed or unable to continue, with roads impassable and telecommunications networks down.