Super Typhoon Haiyan: Situation report no. 1 - November 8, 2013
In the early morning of November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, made landfall in Guiuan municipality, Eastern Samar Province, Eastern Visayas Region. The storm hit with maximum sustained wind speeds of nearly 150 mph and gusts of up to 170 mph, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Super Typhoon Haiyan made subsequent landfall in the provinces of Leyte, Cebu and Iloilo. The storm hit Leyte’s cities of Tacloban and Ormoc the hardest thus far, according to OCHA.
During the evening of November 8, the typhoon is expected to continue through the Philippines, affecting Capiz and Aklan provinces. Reports indicate that the storm will move across the Philippines and exit the country toward the West Philippines Sea on November 9. In total, the storm is expected to bring heavy, torrential rains and powerful winds to more than 33 provinces in the islands of Visayas, Luzon and northern Mindanao.
The path of the typhoon includes areas of the Philippines experiencing high levels of poverty, making affected populations more vulnerable to the impacts of the storm, international media report. Additionally, many of those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan are still recovering from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol Province in Central Visayas Region on October 15.