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Typhoon Haiyan

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Haiti is now one of the most mapped developing countries. Haiti is now one of the most mapped developing countries. RIBI Image Library

Natural disasters put Haiti and Philippines on the map

In the developed world where many people happily post their current locations on Facebook and can look up the exact locations of buildings online, it is often overlooked how poor locational information…
The US relief effort includes a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, 307 marines and US$20 million in aid. The US relief effort includes a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, 307 marines and US$20 million in aid. EPA/US Marine Corps /Lance Corporal Anne K. Henry

US military-led humanitarian intervention in the Philippines: a message to China

Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as it’s known in the Philippines, completely devastated parts of eastern Visayas in the central Philippines in a matter of hours. More than 4.2 million people have been affected…
After the locals' basic needs are met, it’s important to ensure that the aid for recovery is fairly and effectively delivered. After the locals' basic needs are met, it’s important to ensure that the aid for recovery is fairly and effectively delivered. EPA/Mast Irham

Aid responses to Typhoon Haiyan – lessons from the Indian Ocean tsunami

The images emerging from cyclone-devastated Tacloban City bring back horrible memories of what I witnessed in tsunami-devastated areas of southern Sri Lanka. As with the post-tsunami relief, the Philippines…
Typhoon Haiyan as seen from space on November 9 by NASA astronaut Karen L. Nyberg. Typhoon Haiyan as seen from space on November 9 by NASA astronaut Karen L. Nyberg. http://twitter.com/AstroKarenN

Inside Typhoon Haiyan and a year of weird weather

Even before Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines with such devastating force, weather watchers around the world had been tracking this year’s typhoon season with intense interest. Typhoon Haiyan has been…
Typhoon Haiyan is an unnatural disaster. Typhoon Haiyan is an unnatural disaster. EPA/Dennis M. Sabangan

Typhoon Haiyan: a perfect storm of corruption and neglect

Now that Typhoon Haiyan has passed through the Philippines we can turn to the question of why the storm wreaked such havoc. In a country that sees 20 tropical storms every year, it would be natural to…
Too little, too late: the Philippines President hands out water to survivors in Tacloban City. Too little, too late: the Philippines President hands out water to survivors in Tacloban City. EPA/RYAN LIM/ MALACANANG PHOTO BUREAU HANDOUT

Climate change and government inaction conspired against Philippines

Filipinos are no strangers to big storms. Their country sits next to the world’s most intense typhoon generator, a huge expanse of deep, warm ocean in the North West Pacific. More than 20 tropical storms…
What we know from other disasters is that infectious disease outbreaks aren’t inevitable. What we know from other disasters is that infectious disease outbreaks aren’t inevitable. AAP/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

How best to help the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan

Once again, a cataclysmic disaster has hit an Asian nation. But a well co-ordinated aid response mindful of lessons from other disasters could mean a faster recovery. Last Friday, Typhoon Haiyan (known…
Path of destruction: Haiyan makes landfall. Path of destruction: Haiyan makes landfall. AP Photo/Nelson Salting

Eyewitness: Typhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines

The rain is ricocheting off the roads here in Manila. Early on Friday, our car’s tyres dragged in the deep puddles. Basketball courts - remnants of bygone American rule, and a staple of every district…