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Typhoon Haiyan 2013

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Typhoon Haiyan killed 6,300 people and left more than four million people homeless across the Philippines when it struck in November 2013.

Among the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall, it damaged more than one million houses and affected 14 million people. After the disaster, the Red Cross gave out emergency supplies and helped people find missing loved ones.


The British Red Cross completed a three-year recovery programme in October 2016. This included building houses and wells, supporting people to get back to work and helping families to stay healthy and safe. You can download an evaluation of our work here or using the link on the right side of this page.


Click on the stories below to find out how your donations have helped people to rebuild their lives and prepare for future disasters.

Savings and smiles - Erlinda is back in business

A woman sat outside a shop

Everyone in Erlinda's neighbourhood knows her shop. But what happened when a typhoon tore it apart?

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Can you restart a life with 150 pounds?

A man in a field

Rice farmer Ricky cares for his mother. A simple cash grant got them on the path to recovery after Typhoon Haiyan.

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Building houses - thanks to Victoria Beckham's shoes

A boy looks out of the window of a wooden house painted bright pink built by the Red Cross in the Typhoon Haiyan recovery programme

How you, some 'Posh' shoes and the Red Cross helped rebuild communities after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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Homeless and broke at 62

A woman standing outside a house with bamboo walls

A falling mango tree threatened to change Nenita Bugay's life for ever.

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Gruesome mix sparks farming revolution

A hand mixing ingredients in a bowl

How are beer, snail shells and banana tree stalks helping vegetable farmers?

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