Series of Typhoons Devastates the Philippines

Four typhoons between 25 September and 9 December wreaked havoc on the Philippines. The last of these storms to strike was Typhoon Utor, making landfall less than two weeks after Typhoon Durian. Between 7 and 8 million people were affected by the storms. They destroyed 512,000 homes and damaged another 711,000. Mudslides and widespread flooding have also destroyed much of the infrastructure in the worst affected areas. Nearly 440,000 people were displaced. Close to 1,000 people died, with another 850 reported missing. The United Nations asked donors for $46 million to cover relief costs and recovery efforts over the next 12 months.