Remembering the Deadliest Disaster of 2013: Super Typhoon Haiyan

The Raptor Lab

On the final day of 2013, I wanted to check-in on the recovery efforts following the year’s most deadly disaster: Super Typhoon Haiyan (also called Yolanda).

The Category 5 storm was a record-shattering event in terms of tropical cyclone dynamics. It was the most intense storm, wind-speed wise, to make landfall in recorded history. It retained its peak intensity for nearly two days, one of the longest times ever recorded. It was the most intense tropical cyclone of the year. The related storm surge, the high level of sea rise augmented by intense winds observed during such storms, reached unheard of heights in the Philippines.

But beyond the earth science, this storm was record setting in an uglier way that is only now coming into better focus: damage, death, devastation.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ latest report, released today, the storm has…

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