November 14th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that at least 32 Costa Ricans in the Philippines have survived Typhoon Haiyan, the second deadliest typhoon to ever hit that country, which officially has killed at least 2,427 people and has left more than 582,000 homeless, though estimates of both of these figures are significantly higher.
The number of Costa Ricans in the Philippines is not known. Costa Rica does not maintain an embassy in the Philippines, and many Costa Ricans living and working in that country do not register with Costa Rica’s consulate there.
Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on November 7th. The Japan Meteorological Agency estimated the storm’s one-minute sustained winds at 315km/hour when it made landfall; if verified this would make Haiyan the strongest typhoon to make landfall on record.