The Republic of the Philippines is a group of more than 7,100 islands that are part of the Malay Archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean. The Philippines are in the region which sees the most cyclonic activity in the world, the country is also prone to earthquakes and there are around 20 active volcanoes on the islands. In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan caused devastation in many areas of the central Philippines. Early reports suggested that over 12.9 million people were affected, and 1.8 million children are displaced (November 2013 est).
Typhoon Haiyan damaged houses and the water tank in SOS Children's Village Tacloban (photo: SOS archives).