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Disaster in the Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan

January 2014

The Philippines is a disaster prone area experiencing both earthquakes and typhoons in recent years. On 7 November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines killing over 6,000 people and affecting more 16 million people


Disaster in the Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan

It has become the most deadly natural disaster in country’s history. Typhoon Haiyan is known in the Philippines as Yolanda, and was the 25th typhoon to hit the country in 2013.


This can be used as a case study in the area of natural hazards across most specifications.

AQA – Unit GEO3 Contemporary Geographical Issues: can be used as a case study of a tropical revolving storm, and also when considering hazards associated with weather and climate.

Edexcel – Unit 1 Global Challenges: can be used to explore how physical and human environments combine to cause disasters. Unit 2 Geographical Investigations: will be useful for those covering the optional theme of ‘Extreme Weather’.

IB – Part 2 Optional theme hazards and disasters: risk and response.

OCR – F763: Global Issues: can be used a case study of a tropical storm hazard and for considering the impacts of such storms at different scales.

Pre-U – Component 1: Geographical Issues Section A Hazardous Weather: can be used to explore causes, consequence of and management of hazardous weather event.
WJEC–Unit 3: Theme 3: Climatic Hazards: can be used as a case study to examine the impacts of hazardous weather and strategies to reduce such impacts.

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