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Canadian Military Arrives in Philippines to Help Typhoon Yolanda Victims

Written by; Chad Simco / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Wed Nov 13 2013


In the wake of the worlds largest ever recorded typhoon, "Typhoon Yolanda", which ripped through the central region of Visayas, in the Philippines, Canadian special military forces have arrived to assist victims of the disaster.

Mid day November 7, 2013 the largest typhoon in the history of the world touched down in Eastern Visayas, Philippines. The international name given to the typhoon is "Haiyan" which derives from a "Storm Petrel" which is an ocean sea bird that is capable of flying and navigating through heavy winds. The typhoon was named "Yolanda" by the local Philippine weather bureau. The super cyclone first hit the most eastern smaller cities of Guiuan, Borongan City, Delores and their neighboring villages before sweeping across the island of Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, Bacolod and Boracay regions of Visayas.

With wind speeds reaching 315 km/h or 195 mph and wind gusts upward of 230 mph, typhoon Yolanda has caused massive destruction of buildings, power and water supply facilities, along with heavy rains following which caused flooding and landslides to the region. 11 million people have been effected and 600,000 have been displaced.

Reported Damages and Casualties

Mainstream media has announced that the projected death toll from the disaster may reach up to 10,000 people. As of the time of publishing this article, the following information has been released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), a division of the Philippines Government:

- 1,833 Deceased (1,660 in Region 8 - Leyte, East Samar)
- 2,623 Injured
- 82 missing

Relief and Financial Aid

Local and international governments have come to the aid of victims. These are the reports as of the time of publishing this article.

Philippine National Military and Local Agencies

- 13,553 personnel
- 820 vehicles
- 40 sea vessels
- 24 air-crafts
- various assets and equipment


- $20 million USD in aid
- 107,000 pounds of water, food and emergency supplies
- Two KC-130J Hercules transport aircraft
- Two Navy P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft
- 11 helicopters
- Nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington
- USNS Charles Drew supply ship
- USS Antietam cruiser
- USS Cowpens cruiser
- USS Ashland sea vessel
- USS Germantown sea vessel
- 180 troops and marines with an expected 1,500 to be sent soon
- Equipment to turn seawater into drinking water


- up to $5 million CAD in aid
- A pledge to "match" funds donated by Canadian citizens to registered charities by next month
- A C-17 cargo airplane
- 17 Canadian Forces personnel
- 12 or more Canadian civilians
- 43 members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)


- $10 million USD in Aid
- 50 emergency medical team members

South Korea

- $300,000 USD for typhoon flood relief
- $200,000 USD for rehabilitation of recent Zamboanga conflicts
- FA-50 jet


- $200,000 USD in aid
- Two C-130 military cargo aircraft (blankets, food and tents)


- $200,000 USD, with half coming through the Red Cross


- $2 million USD ($1 million in deposits and $1 million in goods and logistics)
- 3 Hercules C-130 aircraft to distribute aid
- 10 electricity generators
- 9,000 meals
- 6,000 blankets
- 2,000 boxes of adult and children clothing
- 500 packets of baby formula
- 21,000 packages of nutritional items


- $160,000 USD via the Singapore Red Cross

United Kingdom

- $16 million USD in aid
- Royal Navy destroyer HMS Daring, navy ship
- Lynx helicopter
- Boeing C-17 cargo plane
- Equipment to turn seawater into drinking water


- $1.3 million USD in aid


- $9.4 million USD in aid
- A medical team
- Australian Defence Force C17 aircraft

New Zealand

- $1.78 million USD


- $669,850 USD
- 23 tonnes of aid supplies


- $1.7 million USD


- $3 million USD


- $3.2 million USD


- $2.7 million USD

Saudi Arabia

- $100,000 USD

United Arab Emirates

- $9.8 million USD

The European Commission

- $4 million USD


- $150,000 USD

United Nations

- $25 million USD from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund

A total of over $114 Million US Dollars or 5 Billion Philippine Pesos, have been donated in relief funds and aid from various countries, not including the financial aids from Charity organizations. More funding is still expected.

Other nations providing aid in the form of supplies including, medicine, tents, food, water, medics, search and rescue personnel and other assistance include: Israel, Spain, Turkey, Russia, Malaysia, Chile, and Belgium among several others.

Delays in Aid and Looting

After 5 days of its destruction, victims of typhoon Yolanda in hard hit areas such as Tacloban City and smaller neighboring towns are still awaiting full delivery of aid items, and proper clean up. Citizens in most of the area have gone without electricity, clean running water, food, medical attention and proper shelter. Clean up and disposal of bodies, which are lined up on the side of the roads, have not been fully implemented. This is running the risk of a disease outbreak. Residents of Tacloban City are stating current conditions are "worse than hell".

Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, has assured aid in food, medical supplies, and doctors has been deployed however the delays have been caused by time limitations of aircraft flying into the Tacloban City Airport which is only partially open during daylight hours due to badly damaged communication equipment and electricity outage, and also roadways leading into the cities and towns which are massively cluttered with debris from buildings and trees which have been broken down and scattered.

Reports are being released that on top of this an outbreak of looting and pirating is also occurring, as a means of survival for victims in the area, which is slowing down the process of delivering aid. Local news outlets and the Red Cross are reporting that mobs are shooting at and taking over trucks delivering aid to the region, particularly on the Tanauan bridge located in Leyte, and stores and shopping malls located in Tacloban City are being ransacked with ATM machines being broken into, and any useful type of item being taken.

Despite an urge for Marshall Law by Tacloban City officials, President Aquino III has dismissed the requests but states he will monitor the situation and may take action later if conditions worsen and proper measures are taken in line with the Philippine constitution.

Typhoon Yolanda Images

Typhoon Yolanda from Satellite View
A satellite view of Typhoon Yolanda approaching the Philippines

Tacloban City After Typhoon Yolanda
Tacloban City after the desctruction of Typhoon Yolanda

Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City writing a message for help on a basketball court

Tacloban City Airport After Typhon Yolanda
Destroyed Tacloban City Airport after the blast of Typhoon Yolanda

Tacloban City Shopping Mall Looting
Looting in a shopping mall in Tacloban City as Typhoon Yolanda survivors are in need of food and goods


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