Typhoon Haiyan, November 2013
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, devastated the east coast of
the Philippines on 8 November 2013.
While natural disasters are not unusual in the Philippines, which has the highest rate of earthquakes and volcanoes in the world, Typhoon Haiyan wrought unprecedented destruction, packing winds and a storm surge three and a half times as strong as Hurricane Katrina. Around 4,000 people are estimated to have lost their lives, with more than 12,000 injured and around four million people left homeless.
The Salvation Army worldwide, together with other not-for-profit organisations, acted swiftly to aid in the disaster relief effort, providing financial donations, food, shelter, water and emotional and spiritual care to survivors.
Local Salvation Army centres in affected areas fully distributed all available food from their welfare supplies and worked with local government officials and the Philippines Air Force to facilitate the effective distribution of supplies and donated items.
Within the first month of providing aid, more than 273,000 meals (roughly calculated as one ‘family
pack’ feeding five people for seven days) had been distributed. The Salvation Army also bolstered
medical services in areas unable to keep up with the demand and provided counselling and pastoral
support to those affected.
Other Salvation Army territories around the world immediately launched public appeals for funds.
The Australia Southern Territory released $100,000 to assist with medical and food supplies within
a few days.
The Salvation Army across the world continues to assist the Philippines Salvation Army as they
service the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by the natural disaster.