Mapping the Destruction of Typhoon Haiyan

Thousands of people are feared dead or missing after Typhoon Haiyan ripped across the central Philippines on Nov. 8. The storm’s massive surge is blamed for much of the destruction, particularly in Tacloban, where many neighborhoods were washed away.


The Powerful Storm Surge

The storm’s surge swept away small villages and displaced more than 650,000 people. It was predicted to be about eight feet at its peak, but reports indicate it was higher in some areas.

Updates as of Tuesday, Nov. 12

Busuanga The United Nations reported severe damage to housing and public infrastructure, and said that food and water would run out in two days. Cadiz City About 5,000 houses and nearly all corn and sugar crops were destroyed in the storm. The nearby city of Sagay was also severely damaged. Leyte An attempted hijacking of a convoy around 20 miles south of Tacloban forced it to stop, and by Tuesday night the roads were still too unsafe for the convoy to proceed. Tacloban Only small planes with limited capacity could use the Tacloban airport, and pilots flying in and out had to navigate by sight, slowing deliveries. Guiuan Early Tuesday, Philippine authorities delivered aid to the area, which had been without water or electricity since Friday. Nearly all of the municipality’s 50,000 residents are homeless.


The Destruction in Tacloban

The typhoon decimated Tacloban, destroying many of the residential and commercial buildings in this once bustling city of 220,000. This map shows an estimate of damaged areas based on an initial survey of aerial and satellite imagery.

On the Peninsula A devastated area near the airport.

Homes Flooded A neighborhood about half a mile from the coast.

The Storm’s Path

Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines at record wind speeds before losing power and heading northwest.

Source: www.nytimes.com