Project information

Typhoon Haiyan - Emergency response

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, has caused devastation throughout the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes and villages. Water and sanitation systems are broken or flooded, increasing health risks for already vulnerable families.

Depending on people's need, several months and potentially longer.

Charity information

International Rescue Committee UK

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  • Need


    Typhoon Hayian has left thousands dead and may reach as high as 100,000, according to an unofficial estimate from the United Nations. Over nine million people are thought to have been affected by the storm, with the homes of at least 470,000 people destroyed.
    The current key humanitarian needs are food; water and sanitation; and shelter and non-food items. Health, child protection, education and livelihoods support are also areas that we believe will quickly need to be addressed.


    Our Emergency Response Team is currently on its way to the Philippines, to determine how best the IRC can assist the affected people. There is an urgent need for clean water. Electricity has been down throughout the affected areas and this, along with storm damage, means l water systems are no longer operational. To respond to this and prevent the spread of disease, the IRC plan to provide affected populations with access to safe water and sanitation facilities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The IRC aims to raise $10 million to help support people impacted by Typhoon Haiyan


    » IRC aims to help thousands of affected people by offering services such as water, sanitation and other essential aid.

    Success will be demonstrated by the number of people reached.

  • Impact


    Success will be demonstrated by the number of people reached.


    The primary risk is not raising enough money to reach the number of people who need urgent support. Many people are in desperate need of support, with disease a serious threat.


    We will report directly to donors who give to this appeal and regular updates will be posted online.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,500,000 IRC Emergency Response Provision of water and sanitation supplies, health kits and emergency shelter.
  • Background


    The IRC is currently assessing people's needs, and will focus on the worse affected communities


    The IRC will target the most vulnerable people

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The IRC responds to the world’s worst crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.

    Founded in 1933 at the suggestion of Albert Einstein, we offer lifesaving assistance to people forced to flee conflict or natural disaster.

    At work in over 40 countries, we help people to rebuild their lives quickly, safely and with dignity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    IRC Emergency Response Team

    The IRC’s Emergency Response Team comprises emergency professionals who are ready to deploy anywhere in the world within 72 hours of a crisis.

Children shelter from Typhoon Haiyan

Children shelter from Typhoon Haiyan