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Typhoon Haiyan: Six months on

07 May 2014


Kids back at school; shops reopen; people return to work. In the Philippines, life is beginning to show some resemblance of normality after the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan.

Six months after Typhoon Haiyan swept through central Philippines, recovery efforts are still underway. The humanitarian community continues to focus on restoring people's homes and sources of income for a long-lasting recovery. But the progress remains fragile with millions of people still requiring urgent assistance. 

"People remain worried about what their future holds - in particular shelter,” said UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos during her last visit to Tacloban. “But to see how much has been done with the support of the United Nations, NGO partners, national and international community and the Government, shows what can be done when we work together.”

The remarkable resilience of the survivors has been key to the recovery effort. The international humanitarian community reached an estimated 4.5 million people with food assistance, and 3 million people with emergency shelter. 

Check out these before and after shots from Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas and see how the recovery effort is progressing 6 months on. 


Haiyan destroyed hundreds of classroom and damaged schools around the Western Visayas region. This picture of the Fisherman's Village Elementary School was taken in the immediate aftermath of the Typhoon. Credit: UNDP

... and after

The classroom of the Fisherman's Village Elementary School is filled again with students, six months after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall. More than 500,000 children provided with learning materials ever since. Credit: UNDP


Tacloban was one of the hardest-hit areas by the Typhoon. This picture shows the destruction of Manlurip Primary School in Tacloban few days after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall. Credit: UNICEF Philippines/2013/Kearney

... and after

Manlurip Primary School in Tacloban six months after it was hit by the strongest Typhoon in the history of the Philippines. Educational materials were distributed to 500,000 children, while 132,000 children benefited from 1,320 temporary learning sites. Credit: UNICEF Philippines/2014/Reyna