The Philippines is reeling from Typhoon Haiynan, which may be the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Thousands are feared dead and millions displaced. Here are some facts and figures about the storm. 9.5 million people are affected by Typhoon Haiyan in nine regions across the Philippines. At least 1,200 confirmed dead. “The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team in Tacloban City reported that local government officials observed a mass grave of between 300 to 500 people in one area of the city alone.” The actual death toll may be in the five figures. 618,175 people displaced, according to OCHA. Up to 4 million children could be affected by Typhoon Haiyan according to UNICEF.

As a preliminary measure, 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits are due to be flown in from Dubai in the coming days. High Energy Biscuits are often provided in the early days of a crisis as they are light to transport and do not need cooking. Roundtrip travel on the 11 kilometre road which connects the airport to the devastated city of Tacloban takes about six hours; it is the only cleared road according to the UN. In Vietnam 600,000 people are being evacuated and there have been six deaths. Haiyan was downgraded to a category 1 storm with winds of 85 mph when it hit near Ha Long Bay.

More information from the UN Dispatch.