Typhoon Haiyan is the most powerful storm ever recorded. It made landfall in the morning of 8 November in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, causing extensive damage to life, housing, livelihoods and infrastructure across nine of the Philippine’s poorest provinces. The islands of Leyte and Samar were hardest hit: 90 percent of the infrastructure of Leyte’s largest urban center, Tacoloban City, was destroyed. Philippine authorities estimate that 13 million people have been affected, 3.4 million displaced, and at least 5,209 people are confirmed dead.
To better understand the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on affected population, more than 40 agencies conducted a multi-cluster initial rapid assessment (MIRA) in 9 provinces covering 92 municipalities and 283 barangays. The (MIRA) confirmed that the impacts of Typhoon Haiyan follow a relatively clear geographical pattern.