Since hitting the Philippines on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan -- also known as Yolanda -- has sparked fear throughout the region of Southeast Asia. Travelling at speeds between 147 and 195 mph, the storm has hurled wind, heavy rain and lethal waves at coastal towns, claiming the lives of four people already and leaving more than 750,000 at risk.
With a current category level of 4 out of 5, Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record and is steadily growing into a category 5 as it moves throughout Southeast Asia and specifically towards Vietnam.
Right now, emergency response teams within the Philippines are struggling to reach affected areas, as much of the country’s infrastructure has been severely affected. Typhoon Haiyan has made roads and communications impossible, with fallen trees and downed power lines blocking key routes.
As the storm continues to travel around the Philippines, causing substantial damage to homes and businesses, as well as jobs and health services, Typhoon Haiyan is set to have a serious and lasting impact on the entire surrounding region.
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Christina Cawth... After being given the chance to study abroad, Tina’s experience founded a love for diplomacy which was later developed through her studies. Originally from San Diego, Tina, moved to the Bay Area in order to attend San Francisco State University where she majored in International Relations with an emphasis in Middle Eastern Studies.Originally set to focus in environmental studies, Tina stumbled across foreign affairs which combines her areas of expertise - political science, activism and philosophy- with her interests such as culture, tradition, language and art. Looking to one day build a NGO dedicated to empowerment and sustainability, Tina sees Kiva as an excellent opportunity for both professional and personal growth. Outside of her internship, Tina enjoys running, cooking, hiking and lazy weekends.