In the early morning of November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, made landfall in the Philippines’ Eastern Visayas Region. The storm made subsequent landfall in Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte and Palawan provinces. Tacloban, the provincial capital of Leyte with a population of approximately 220,000 people, is reported to be one of the hardest hit areas. As of November 11, reports indicated that the city still did not have access to food, water or electricity.
As of November 12, the U.N. reported that the storm had affected approximately 11 million people. An estimated 675,000 people are currently displaced, including nearly 400,000 people in more than 1,300 evacuation centers. Reports indicate that approximately 10,000 people may have died as a result of the storm in Tacloban municipality alone. Immediate humanitarian needs include emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
On November 12, Tropical Depression Zoraida brought heavy rains to the southern and central Philippines, including areas hit by the typhoon and those where humanitarian actors are based. The storm system is expected to dissipate as it exits the western Philippines in the coming days, according to weather reports.
On November 12, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) staff reported that a 4.5-magnitude earthquake was felt in the city of Cebu, which was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan and is the base for a number of humanitarian response activities in the region. No damage from the quake has been reported.
Super Typhoon Haiyan is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2013, and international media report that the storm is one of the strongest in recorded history.