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Super Typhoon Haiyan Heads for Vietnam while Agencies Respond in the Philippines


November 8, 2013


PDC’s Global Hazards Atlas illustrates Super Typhoon Haiyan, displaying TAOS Estimated Wind Impacts as the cyclone approached the central Philippines on November 6, 2013.

The central Philippines is suffering the impacts of Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda. Humanitarian Response (Philippines), provided by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), indicated that initial needs assessments are underway and are prioritizing Shelter, Food, Health, WASH, Camp Management and Logistics. According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Haiyan is far from over and is forecast to reach Vietnam Sunday, local time.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management (AHA Centre) is tracking Haiyan’s development using the recently deployed Disaster Monitoring Response System (DMRS) and is increasing early warning activities for the region, releasing valuable “Flash Updates” on their website and via social media. Additionally, the Government of Vietnam is utilizing a customized system, named VinAWARE, to monitor the hazards activity as well. Both systems are customized versions of PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform. 


The ASEAN AHA Centre “Flash Update” showing its near real-time hazard monitoring capabilities of DMRS during Super Typhoon Haiyan’s approach to the Philippines.

PDC has also activated in response, providing decision support and situational awareness products via DisasterAWARE. PDC will continue to monitor Haiyan, and will supply updates through its products and services for the duration of the event.

For more information on this event:
• View Flash Updates from OCHA, ECHO and the AHA Centre.
• Use the Global Hazards Atlas to dynamically assess Haiyan.

To find out more about this event and DMRS at the AHA Centre:
• Read an ASEAN article about the event,
• Go to the AHA Centre website,
• Read about the DMRS launch event,

• Read about the ICT Workshop at the AHA Centre, and
• A story about the original installation of DisasterAWARE at the AHA Centre.

More from Pacific Disaster Center

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For the latest Weather and Disaster News, use the PDC Weather Wall.

While you are thinking of hazards, think of preparedness. PDC provides disaster preparedness information, including printable instructions for assembling a Disaster Supply Kit and rehearsing a Family Disaster Plan.

For more information on DisasterAWARE products:

  • For details, see the Training Guide for Web-accessible Disaster Alert,
  • Read and understand more about custom versions, such as DMRS and VinAWARE,
  • Watch the ASEAN DMRS video on YouTube.

About PDC:

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) envisions a safer, more secure world—where populations live in more disaster-resilient communities informed by science and technology, and equipped with sound decision support tools. To help make that vision a reality, PDC is dedicated to supporting evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts by providing actionable information and applications to the public and disaster managers worldwide. PDC, a program managed by the University of Hawaii, was established by the U.S. government in 1996.