Typhoon Haiyan, locally also known as Typhoon Yolanda, is the second deadliest typhoon in Philippines on record. It is the thirtieth named storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, originating from an area of low pressure several hundred kilometers east-southeast of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia on November 2.
After becoming a tropical storm and attaining the name Haiyan on November 4, the system began a period of rapid intensification that brought it to typhoon intensity on November 5. By November 6, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) assessed the system as a Category 5-equivalent super typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale; the storm passed over the island of Kayangel in Palau shortly after attaining this strength.
Almost 115 million people have been affected by this super-typhoon in 8884 villages. 1.8 million houses has been damaged with 2.5 million families losing their livelihoods.