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Typhoon Haiyan 2013

Thanks to your generosity, thousands of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan are rebuilding their homes and lives.

One year after the super-typhoon caused unimaginable devastation, Red Cross is still there to help. We're assisting thousands of people to build stronger, weather-resistant homes, getting classrooms up and running, installing new toilets and safer water systems, and helping people get back to work.

But we can't focus on recovering from one typhoon without preparing for the next one. We have a two-year plan with Philippine Red Cross to develop early warning systems and sound evacuation plans, train local first responders and build weather-proof shelters.

Typhoon Haiyan in numbers

6,300 people reported dead
1.14 million homes damaged

Your generosity enabled us to:

  • provide 1.3 million people with food, water, household items and emergency shelter
  • help 100,000 people with building materials, cash grants or new homes
  • offer psychological and emotional support to more than 31,000 people
  • help 9,000 people reunite with their families after the typhoon.

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About the appeal

What was the purpose of the appeal?

The Typhoon Haiyan Appeal is now closed. Funds raised through this appeal will be used to:

  • provide emergency relief, rehabilitation and recovery assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan (including the Philippines and Vietnam)
  • support water and sanitation, shelter and health initiatives in affected areas
  • send specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessments, relief, recovery and longer term disaster management operations
  • support Red Cross longer term programs and the work of our Red Cross Red Crescent partners in the affected areas.

How were the appeal funds spent?

The Australian Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Appeal raised $13.5 million. Close to half the money has gone directly to helping communities respond and recover: providing emergency food, water, household items and temporary shelter to 1.3 million people, as well healthcare and psychological support. It also provided building materials and cash grants for people who lost their homes.

Because of the Australian public's generosity in donating to this appeal, we have been able to allocate the remaining funds to protecting people from future typhoons. These funds are being used over the next two years to train and equip first responders in high-risk areas; to build better early warning systems; to protect water and sanitation systems from being damaged in future storms; and of course, to build stronger and more weather-resistant homes and shelters.

How much was spent on administration?

Red Cross deducted less than 10% donations to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal to cover appeal and administration costs. Appeal funds have been committed to programming that meets people's immediate and longer-term needs.

What are the needs on the ground now?

There are two major areas that need attention. The first is helping people to find new jobs and ways to support their family, especially in areas where coconut farming and fishing industries were badly damaged. Red Cross will provide 50,000 households with livelihood support and launch carpentry and masonry training schemes to open up new job opportunities for people.

The second is that we need to be ready for the next major typhoon. Typhoons pass through this region every year, and if another big typhoon hits so soon after Haiyan, it will push communities to their limits. That's why it's so important to invest in training and equipping local first responders, building stronger homes, and having sound evacuation plans and early warning systems ready to go.

What will happen to people if another typhoon like Haiyan comes along?

Another major typhoon could still cause widespread damage, especially as many people still live in temporary shelters close to the shoreline. But preparation can make a huge difference. For example, we're helping fishing communities on the outskirts of Manila to recognise typhoon warning signals and know where to evacuate to safety. Likewise, we're supporting Philippine Red Cross to have trained volunteers and relief goods ready to go in an emergency.

How can I help?

By donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, you can help us be there whenever there is an emergency, in Australia or around the world.
If you want to share your skills in the Asia-Pacific region, you can become an Australian Volunteer for International Development.

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