#YolandaPH Person Finder: Looking for friends, relatives in affected areas?


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Rappler is working with Google to consolidate all lists we have access to into Google Person Finder

MANILA, Philippines – Are you worried for your relatives and friends living in the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan)? Or do you need to assure worried loved ones that you are safe?

There is a growing list of initiatives online that aim to help those looking for information on persons affected by the typhoon. The two most prominent lists are the following:


1) Google Person Finder

An initiative of Google, the list allows relatives and friends to input names of people they are looking for or post information about themselves or people they know for others to find.

If you are looking for somebody, click “I am looking for someone” and input the name and pertinent details of the person you are looking for. If there is a match with anybody in the list, the system will list matching names.

If you have information on a person who might be in the list, click “I have information about someone” and follow instructions in the form that pops-up.   



2) #TracingPH Platform (Philippine National Red Cross)

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment and rescue teams to the areas affected by recent typhoon Yolanda to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts.

Welfare Desks and tracing services are established in the affected areas. The form allows families without news of their loved ones in affected areas to contact the PRC Social Services Department. 

The database on the Red Cross list is private.


3. Survivors’ list

Sunstar.com.ph has put together a list of survivors based of posts to the Facebook account of Rep. Ferdinand Martin RomualdezClick this link to access the Sunstar list

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which sent its IT team to Tacloban City to map the extent of the damage, also came up with the list of survivors below: 


4. Official list of casualties

The Official Gazette has posted a list of casualties based on the annex of a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued on November 10, 6:00 a.m. The page is updated as official reports are issued. 

The spreadsheet below shows casualties listed by the DSWD:



List of Casualties from Eastern Samar collated by the DSWD:



Please refresh this page from time to time. It will be updated as new information comes in.

One list

Rappler is working with Google to consolidate all lists we have access to into Google Person Finder. Move.PH is generating lists of missing people by area as reported through these different lists. Rappler will help make this information available and useful to responders on the ground.  

Please mind that all data entered on these sites are available to the public and usable by anyone. 

Volunteers needed

If you are currently in the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda or are planning to go to those areas, email project.agos@rappler.com to request for a list of missing persons for a specific area. Please specify the organization you represent and where you plan to post the list. 

We suggest putting the lists up in public areas within the affected communities (example: churches, municipal halls, etc.) so people in those areas will know that there are people looking for them.

Rappler cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information in these pages. These are all based on inputs from the public. – Rappler.com

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