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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.

The strongest typhoon ever to make landfall, it damaged more than one million houses and affected 16 million people. In the aftermath of the disaster, the Red Cross gave out emergency supplies and helped people find missing loved ones.

Now the focus is on recovery – building or repairing houses, giving people access to health services again and restoring livelihoods.

Thanks to donations from our supporters, the British Red Cross is supporting the three-year recovery programme. 

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?

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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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"I was 8 months pregnant when the typhoon came"

A young woman

After surviving the disaster, Sharon learned first aid - and was soon putting her skills to good use.

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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

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

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Typhoon Haiyan: teaching resources

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A collection of activities for teachers to help students reflect, explore and share their thoughts after the typhoon hit the Philippines.

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