Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Typhoon Yolanda, struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013. It is considered the strongest storm to ever make landfall. The Department of Social Welfare and Development estimates more than 5.4 million people have been affected by the storm across 40 provinces. The city of Tacloban was hardest hit, with storm surges - which pushed water far inland - reported as high as three meters.
The Philippine Red Cross has been on its highest alert since the typhoon was sighted. With the aim of ensuring minimum loss of lives, Red Cross volunteers and staff have disseminated early warning messages and safety tips in areas along the typhoon's path. Emergency re-sponders and volunteers, who can quickly set up welfare desks and first aid stations in evac-uation centres, have been mobilized to support rescue efforts by authorities.
The Swiss Red Cross is launching this emergency appeal in the recognition of the need to provide urgent support to our Red Cross partners on the ground. Food, water, shelter and health are the immediate priorities.
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