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Clinical Updates

12 November 2013 

Typhoon Haiyan (‘Yolanda’): Philippines

On 8 November, 2013 typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall in the central part of the Philippines; the extreme wind speeds and surges of deep water caused devastation and have affected 39 provinces in nine regions (Bicol, Calabazon, Caraga, Central Visayas, Davao, Eastern Visayas, Mimeropa, Northern Mindanao and Western Visayas) [1].  

The worst affected provinces are reported to be Eastern Samar, Leyte, Oriental Mindoro, Masbate, Sorsogon, Negros, Capiz, Romblon and Busuanga in Palawan. There are many casualties, with 10,000 people reported deceased in the city of Tacloban city, Leyte province alone.  As of 12 November, 2013 estimated 9.8 million people have been affected by this disaster [2].

A national and international humanitarian relief operation is underway.

Further information, including advice for health professionals advising travellers going to disaster areas generally or returning from the disaster area in the Philippines, can be accessed by following the links from the NaTHNaC Natural Disasters page.

Country specific health information for travellers to the Philippines can be found on the NaTHNaC Country Information pages.



1. Republic of the Philippines. Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Coucil. SitRep 14. Effects of Typhoon ‘YOLANDA’ (HAYAN) 12 November, 2013. [Accessed 12 November, 2013]. Available at: (PDF) 

2. OCHA. Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan. Situation Report No.5 (as of 11 November, 2013) [Accessed 12 November, 2013]. Available at: (PDF)