Photo Essay: Building Resilience in Cities Devastated by Typhoon Haiyan


Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, made landfall in the Philippines on November 8, 2013. One of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, Haiyan caused severe flooding and inflicted serious wind damage, impacting 16 million people and displacing more than 4 million. More than 6,000 people lost their lives, while 1.1 million homes were damaged or destroyed.

As the nation’s storm recovery continues three years on, the USAID-funded Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project has been working in cities and towns across the Philippines to improve water management and better prepare communities to weather stronger typhoons, endure longer droughts, and cope successfully with other climate change impacts forecast for the decades ahead. 

To see Be Secure in action, view the photo essay “Winds of Change” (on