Typhones often occur in the Phillipines. In 2013 a typhoon hit the city of Tacloban of the Phillipines. Due to this typhone a flood occured that caused enormous damage. Thousands of people lost there lifes and millions of people became homeless.

In 2013 the Philipine governement asked the Netherlands, in specific the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR-Team), for advice on sustainable solutions for defending the coast of Tacloban.