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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.


Cagayan de Oro Water District Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction Program

The Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) launched its Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction Program in Cagayan de Oro City on January 13, with the presence of representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways, USAID Philippines, and the Coca Cola Foundation. The program was developed in efforts to reduce water losses and control leaks, and improve and extend water supply and services to more people.


Changing Climate, Changing Minds: How One Philippine City Is Preparing for a Water-Scarce Future

Surrounded by water, the Philippines is especially vulnerable to climate change. Its islands and its people are enduring increasingly unpredictable rains, intensifying cycles of flood and drought, and strengthening storms forming in the Pacific. These changing weather patterns have not only derailed livelihoods and agricultural productivity in rural areas, they have also worsened water insecurity in cities, where 45 percent of the population live.