Super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) struck the Visayas Islands in the Philippines on 8 November
2013, displacing 4.4 million people with more than 1 million houses destroyed. The total number of people
affected by the typhoon, in terms of their livelihood, environmental and food security, was approximately
16 million. A vast area of agricultural land was devastated and whole towns were destroyed. More than
6,193 individuals died, 1,061 went missing and 28,689 were injured. Many of those affected were among the
poorest as the region is home to some of the poorest provinces in the Philippines.
This policy paper assesses the challenges encountered by the stakeholders during the rebuilding process and provides innovative recommendations on how to withstand new and unanticipated vulnerabilities.
The project team comprises of personnel from the University of Nottingham (UK and Ningbo China), and the University of the Philippines. This work is part of ‘ Poverty Alleviation in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda’
project supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Department for International Development.
May Tan-Mullins et al (2017) Fours Years On: Rebuilding disaster affected communities for a sustainable future: Policy Take-away for Poverty Alleviation in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda
Published 30 November 2017