Millions Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Photo By: REUTERS/Zander Casas

One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded has devastated parts of the central Philippines, with heavy loss of life when it hit the island nation on Friday. This is a country already coping with three major disasters in the past two months.

The Philippines Red Cross reports at least 1,200 dead, though that number is expected to climb dramatically. Nearly 9.5 million people in the Philippines are affected; more than 618,000 people are displaced from their homes and communities, according to OCHA.

“Relief needs are great – food, water and sanitation, shelter and health care,” said Samuel A. Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction, adding that security concerns are mounting. InterAction member organizations are ramping up critical humanitarian operations in coordination with the Philippines authorities and other coordinating agencies. Access remains a major challenge.

Typhoon Haiyan is set to bring more destruction to Vietnam and Laos.

“Our thoughts are with the children and families of those that are affected by this storm,” said Worthington.

For information on how InterAction members are responding to this crisis, and how you can help support their efforts, please see InterAction's Typhoon Haiyan Crisis List.

Updated: November 11, 2013