Storm Surge Heights and Damage Caused by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan Along the Leyte Gulf Coast

Takahito Mikami*, Tomoya Shibayama, Hiroshi Takagi, Ryo Matsumaru, Miguel Esteban, Nguyen Danh Thao, Mario De Leon, Ven Paolo Valenzuela, Takahiro Oyama, Ryota Nakamura, Kenzou Kumagai, Siyang Li

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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the islands of Leyte and Samar, the central part of the Philippines, on 8 November 2013, bringing large-scale devastation to coastal areas due to the high winds and large storm surge and waves associated with it. In order to obtain the distribution of storm surge heights and damage covering the wide stretch of affected coastline, the authors carried out a series of field surveys in the aftermath of the typhoon (in December 2013, May 2014, and October 2014). In the present paper, the authors detailed the results of these field surveys and summarized the characteristics of the storm surge and main causes of the damage, especially focusing on the Leyte Gulf coast, which is surrounded by the eastern coast of Leyte and the southern coast of Samar. Finally, the wide range of types of storm surge disasters were also discussed by comparing Typhoon Haiyan with other recent major events.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1640005
JournalCoastal Engineering Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes


  • 2013 Typhoon Haiyan
  • Leyte
  • Philippines
  • Samar
  • Storm surge
  • field survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Ocean Engineering


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