Typhoon Yolanda

On 8 November 2013 a tropical cyclone smashed into the Philippines.

What would you do if you were left with nothing but the clothes you were wearing?

Typhoon Haiyan (known as Supertyphoon Yolanda in the Philippines), was one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded. Devastating portions of Southeast Asia the typhoon made landfall six times in the Philippines and affected some 3.4 million families comprising 16 million individuals in nine regions.

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What would you do if a storm surge swept your family from your arms?

Six months on dead bodies are still being found and the official death toll currently stands at 6,300 (24 April 2014) and 1,067 people are still officially missing.

Yolanda triggered storm surges several meters high and destroyed over one million houses.

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What would you do if your means of making an income was destroyed?

The agriculture sector bore the brunt of the typhoon’s fury, with nearly $600 million (AUD) worth of agricultural crops destroyed.

What would you do if there was no insurance?

For residents of the province of Estancia, in addition to the cyclone they also copped 3,500 litres of oil spilled onto the town’s shoreline. The oil spill has rendered land unlivable, caused deaths and ongoing respiratory illnesses as well as destroying the local fishing industry as they knew it.

Six months on, their need for aid is still great.

Would you give up?

Imagine one of the worst typhoons in recorded history destroys your home and your business but now the land is unlivable thanks to an oil spill.

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