Six months ago today, Super Typhoon Haiyan (named "Yolanda" in the Philippines), the strongest typhoon believed to have ever made landfall, slammed into the Philippines. There were 14.1 million people affected, with 4 million displaced, and losses and damages totalling an estimated US$14 billion. More than 6,200 people died, and thousands more are still missing.
The world watched as Haiyan tallied horrifying statistics on the extent of devastation and destruction. Typhoon Haiyan struck as the Philippines, the most storm-exposed country on earth, was still reeling from Typhoon Bopha and from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which struck a month before Haiyan.
Even now, as we take stock of the incredible work that has been done in a very short time, the 2014 Pacific cyclone season is just beginning. An average of 20 typhoons slam into the Philippines every year. If a major storm were to hit the affected areas now, we could be looking at a potentially much worse humanitarian situation.
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