Typhoon Haiyan Crisis

Typhoon Haiyan made its first landfall in the early hours of 8 November on the far-eastern island of Samar. It brought with it maximum sustained winds of 235km per hour, making it one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall. It continued across the country, making a number of subsequent landfalls. 

Relief operations are underway, including the airlifting of lifesaving food, health, medical and other supplies. Emergency stockpiles across the affected area have also been released.

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OCHA in the Philippines

The Philippines is the world’s third-highest disaster risk country. One third of its population of 94.9 million people lives below the poverty line, most vulnerable to the impact of the typhoons, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that plague the country. Typhoon Ketsana, which slammed into Manila in September 2009, led to the worst flooding in 40 years and was the catalyst for expanding OCHA’s presence in the Philippines.

With more than 2 million people affected, OCHA’s operation in the Philippines grew from a small team to a country office of 15 staff in 2011. The team’s focus is two-fold: the humanitarian response to a protracted conflict in the Philippines’ southern island group of Mindanao and support to national disaster response and preparedness.

Funding to OCHA Philippines


Donors USD
Requirements for 2014 2,967,336
Earmarked Contributions 594,937
European Commission (DG-ECHO)
Sweden (Sida)
Opening Balance ** 1,519,652
Total (Contributions + Opening Balance) *** 2,114,589
Funding (%) 71%
* In 2014 OCHA received unearmarked contributions from the following donors: Australia (DFAT), Austria, Canada (CIDA), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Republic of (Korea), Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand (NZAID), Norway, Private Donations (Private), Russian Federation, Singapore, Sweden (Sida), Switzerland (DEZA), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (DFID), United States (USA-PRM)
** May include unearmarked and earmarked funding with implementation dates beyond the calendar year
*** Excludes miscellaneous income (e.g. adjustments, gain/losses on exchange rate etc.)
Funding information from the OCHA Contributions Tracking System