A big storm, a lot of numbers: Breaking down Typhoon Haiyan

Sunday, November 10, 2013 | 12:10 a.m. CST; updated 12:28 p.m. CST, Monday, November 11, 2013

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, at 4:40 a.m. local time Friday, Typhoon Haiyan — known locally as Yolanda — made landfall over Guiuan in Eastern Samar. At 3:30 p.m., the typhoon was reported to be out of the area. As of Saturday evening, according to the NDRRMC, the total casualties were 151 dead, 23 injured and five missing. But early Sunday, accounts were saying that deaths could be in the thousands, up to 10,000.

The Philippine Red Cross has active assistance in affected areas including Antique, Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte, Masbate, Ormoc, Southern Leyte and Bohol.

The Missourian has dissected different sources' death tolls — as well as a sample of affected population, evacuation and aid numbers — as of Saturday night.


National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)

As of Saturday night, the NDRRMC totaled deaths at 151.

Philippine Red Cross

One thousand two hundred deaths, a number widely being circulated Saturday, was announced by Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross.

National Philippines authorities

Philippines President Benigno Aquino III said the deaths "will be substantially more" than the official count of 151. Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said the death toll in in the city alone "could go up to 10,000," according to The Associated Press.

Local and regional Philippine authorities

Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla late Saturday on a potential death toll of 10,000 on the island, according to The Associated Press.

People "affected"

Department of Social Welfare and Development

According to the DSWD website, 944,586 families with 4.28 million people have been affected.


In the most recent update, the NDRRMC calculates a total of 982,252 families, or 4,459,468 individuals, affected.


About 1.7 children are estimated to be living in affected areas.


Philippine Red Cross

19,677 families, or 993,585 individuals, are temporarily sheltered in 353 evacuation centers.


According to a release, there are 1,425 evacuation centers. A total of 101,762 families, or 477,736 individuals, are being assisted at evacuation centers.

National authorities

The Associated Press reports that authorities evacuated more than 500,000 people Sunday in the region as the typhoon weakened.


United Nations

According to the U.N. website, the United Nations Disaster Coordination Team arrived in Tacloban to report effects from Typhoon Haiyan, along with the U.N. Children's Fund.

World Food Programme

The World Food Programme has opened $2 million for the response. Early response food items are high-energy biscuits from Dubai, according to the U.N. website.

International Medical Corps

The International Medical Corps has standby teams ready to assist and respond in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

U.S Agency for International Development

USAID has made $100,000 immediately available for basic health care after the Philippines requested international assistance, according to several reports, including USA Today. USAID also sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team to the affected area to gauge the type of necessary response.


One thousand three hundred twenty-nine volunteers have been dispatches to assist the relief effort, and 25,000 food packs and 4,310 water bottles are to be airlifted. Also, 42,550 family food packs are prepositioned for distribution.

Philippine Red Cross

The Philippine Red Cross website said "prepositioned" items were ready to be used in affected areas, "consisting of 2,000 tins of ready to eat food, 4,000 blankets, 4,000 plastic mats, 2,000 hygiene kits, 2,000 jerry cans, 10 units of health emergency tents and 5,000 of food and non-food items with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross."

Other Philippines national administrations

Agencies in the Philippines — including the Department of Health, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines — have responded individually. Read the NDRRMC's release to find specifics.

Get involved

Fill out the Philippine Red Cross' tracing form to attempt to find someone affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

If you want to donate to help the relief, go to the websites of UNICEF, the International Medical Corps, Americares or the World Food Programme, or select the "Supertyphoon Yolanda" option on the Philippine Red Cross website.

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