Typhoon Haiyan Anniversary Highlights Need for Disaster Preparedness: IOM
Philippines - On 8th November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Visayas region of the Central Philippines, killing over 6,300 people and leaving four million homeless. Over a million houses were destroyed by the strongest recorded storm in history and the damage ran into billions of dollars. A year later, IOM is highlighting the need for better preparedness and response systems to avert future tragedies in the Philippines and elsewhere.
IOM had staff on the ground within 48 hours of Haiyan making landfall. In the days and months that followed, the agency took a lead in tracking displacement, building up a reliable and real-time picture of the most urgent challenges, and responding to the most acute shelter, protection and health-related needs.