Typhoon Haiyan



On Friday, what forecasters predict was the worst storm to ever make landfall in recorded history struck the east coast of the Philippines before blowing through the central islands of the country and into the South China Sea, bringing sustained winds of 190 mph and gusts of up to 275 mph. The resulting storm surge caused sea levels to rise as much as 20 feet. An archipelago, the Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands.

The country is still assessing the effects of the storm, but many officials agree that because of the extent of the damage to infrastructure like airports, relief efforts in the hardest hit areas will be hampered. We’ll keep you updated as the situation on the ground becomes clearer. To learn more about the country, explore the points on the map in the affected region and check out our blog post if you want to know how you can help.