More than ten million people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan - known locally as Yolanda. In the worst hit coastal city of Tacloban, some estimates suggest that more than 5,000 people have died from a population of 200,000.
The authorities in the Philippines pre-emptively evacuated nearly 790,000 people and had pre-positioned food packages for nearly 500,000 people. But with millions of people living in the path of the typhoon, many needed immediate assistance with drinking water, food, emergency shelters, and medicines. The devastation was especially widespread in Metro Cebu, the country's second largest city with a population of 2.5 million people.
The member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition were on the ground in the Philippines and responded with emergency assistance in several areas.