The project provides $3 million grant under the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF) as emergency assistance to the Philippine Government in response to its appeal to the international community to provide humanitarian relief assistance, in the aftermath caused by a Category 5 Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) that made its first landfall in Guiuan municipality in Eastern Samar province on 8 November 2013, and further moved and made subsequent landfalls over Toloso municipality south of Tacloban City in Leyte province, Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island in Cebu province, Concepcion in Iloilo province, the Calamian Group of Islands, and Busuanga in Palawan. Haiyan is the third Category 5 "super typhoon" to hit the Philippines since 2010, and possibly the strongest to ever hit land. United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team described the scale of destruction in Tacloban alone as comparable to the impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
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