Canada’s response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

On November 8, 2013, when category 5 Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) made landfall in the Philippines, Canada was there to support the Government of the Philippines and the humanitarian partners in their response to the urgent needs of people affected by the typhoon.

Typhoon Haiyan affected more than 16 million people, led to more than 6,300 deaths, injured more than 28,600 people, temporarily displaced 4.1 million people in 57 cities, and damaged more than 1.14 million houses.

The Government of Canada has provided a total of $90.5 million in response to the crisis. This amount includes the matching of $85.5 million generously donated by Canadians to eligible organizations through the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, which was established by the Government of Canada to engage the Canadian public and support humanitarian, recovery and reconstruction efforts.

Humanitarian assistance

By working with experienced humanitarian partners in the Philippines, Canada helped provide:

  • 3.7 million people with emergency food assistance;
  • 190,000 children with supplementary feeding;
  • 570,000 households with emergency shelters;
  • 1.4 million people with financial assistance to procure essential household items;
  • 162,000 vulnerable workers with paid debris clearing work;
  • 545,000 children with  learning materials;
  • 4,900 temporary learning spaces and 285 child-friendly spaces;
  • 2.3 million children with vaccinations;
  • 1.9 million people with hygiene kits;
  • 350,000 people with access to new or fixed latrines;
  • 111,000 people with training about gender-based violence;
  • 103,000 farmers with agricultural seeds and tools; and
  • 24,000 fishermen with assistance to build and repair their boats.

Canada also supported the deployment of a Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit to support the damaged Ormoc District Hospital in Leyte Province by providing surgical care and pediatric and post-partum inpatient care. Between November 21st and December 21st, the field hospital personnel assisted more than 1,200 patients, and provided 418 birth deliveries and 114 surgeries during its month of operation.

In addition, eight Canadian humanitarian experts were deployed to support Red Cross and United Nations humanitarian response. The Government of Canada also deployed relief stocks to support the relief efforts in the Philippines, including tents, shelter kits, hygiene kits and other emergency relief items.

Canadian Armed Forces Task Force Philippines

The Canadian Armed Forces deployed 319 personnel (Operation RENAISSANCE 13-1) to the Philippines, with a range of specialities, the majority coming from the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

Long term recovery and reconstruction

In recognition of continuing reconstruction needs, Canada is providing $20.5 million for longer term economic recovery from 2015 to 2019. This assistance focuses on rebuilding livelihoods, strengthening micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, and disaster risk reduction.

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