What if Super Typhoon Haiyan Hit Manila?

  • Gabriel C. Halili, M.R.P. 2015
  • Class CRP 4080 Introduction to GIS
  • Instructor Visiting Lecturer David West

If super typhoon Haiyan were to hit the capital of the Philippines, how would it compare to the effects at Tacloban, the largest city in Eastern Visayas?

It was one of the worst typhoons in recorded history. Fourteen million people were adversely affected and 1.1 million homes were damaged and destroyed. All these happened within only three days during November 2013 when super typhoon Haiyan hit central Philippines, specifically the Eastern Visayas Region. The magnitude of Haiyan led Gabriel Halili to think about Metro Manila, the national capital region of the country — with a population of four million more than the Eastern Visayas Region in a much smaller land area. The capital is a dense metropolis with buildings, streets, and commuter trains, as well as millions of informal settlers. Thinking about these qualities of Metro Mania, this study compares the potential population and land use affected in the capital to those at the Eastern Visayas Region. Although this study limits itself to this comparison, it has implications on the preparedness of Metro Manila in the face of a typhoon such as Haiyan — especially on how to efficiently evacuate and rescue those living in slum communities.