Typhoon Haiyan, The Recovery

Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record. On making landfall, Haiyan devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone. This short photo essay for looks at the recovery operation and how people on the island of Tacloban started to rebuild their lives with assistance from the international aid agency UNHCR and corporate donor United parcel Service.

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Anesia Conde’ ‘Lola’, aged 75 in her family’s UNHCR provided tent in Tanauan known as tent city located just 1 hour from Tacloban City on the Philippine island of Leyte. Lola and her family were displaced after Typhoon Haiyin (Yolanda) tore through the island of Leyte back in November 2014.

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A giant  ship washed ashore after Super Typhoon Haiyin (Yolanda) destroyed over 90 % of the infrastructure of Leyte Island. Estimates also say that over 4.4 Million people were displaced as a result of the Typhoon.

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A man walks by a sign on a wall in Tacloban City reminding all never to forget the date of Typhoon Haiyan.

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 A young child asleep in Brgy 75 camp in Tacloban City, Philippines.

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 The Satorre family shop located amidst the destruction of Typhoon Haiyin(Yolanda) in Brgy 85 near Tacloban City on the Philippine Island of Leyte.

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Jomar Aguilar aged 17 from Tacloban City, recalls his memories from the day of the Typhoon Haiyan.  ” The beach which I loved so much, suddenly turned on me ” .

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 A marching band provide entertainment in Tanauan ”Tent City” located just 1 hour from Tacloban City on the Philippine Island of Leyte. Forms of entertainment are crucial to restoring normality to people lives after an extremely turbulent time in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyin (Yolanda) which struck the island back in November 2013.

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Angel Lacaba and her teacher Catherine Maya having a lesson in a school located close to the New Kawayan Transitional Shelters located about 1 hour from Tacloban City on the Philippine island of Leyte. Angel has recently returned to her schooling after her and her family were displaced after Super Typhoon Haiyin (Yolanda) struck the island of Leyte back in November 2013.

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A view of Tanauan ”Tent City” located 1 hour from Tacloban on the Philippine island of Leyte.

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Young school children playing in a school located close to the New Kawayan Transitional Shelters located about 1 hour from Tacloban City on the Philippine island of Leyte.

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Clothes hanging in Fatima village Brgy. 75, Tacloban City.

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Members of the Satorre family, Francisca Satorre (56) Ma, Rhatna Decena (33), Ruby Satorre Dacatimbang (29), Helen Grace Decena (12) Rene Satorre (35) Erika Dacatimbang (2) in their UNHCR provided tent down by the beach of Brgy 89 near Tacloban City.The family, Ma in particular, lost everything including a shop they previously owned after Typhoon Haiyin (Yolanda) struck the Island of Leyte back in November 2013. Ma and her family now run a much smaller scale shop operating out of their UNHCR tent selling small items such as fruits, drinks and toiletries.

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Local workers helping construct transitional wooden houses being constructed located about 1 hour from Tacloban City on the Philippine island of Leyte.

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A ship washed ashore after Super Typhoon Haiyin (Yolanda) destroyed over 90 % of the infrastructure of Leyte Island. Estimates also say that over 4.4 Million people were displaced as a result of the Typhoon.

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Joel Lacaba aged 35, working on the construction site for his future permanent home. As part of a SWEAT programme Joel must put in 500 hours of labour in order to obtain a permanent home for his family members. Joel works 4 hours a day, 5 days a week and hopes to have his home within the next couple of months.

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Children playing amongst the destruction near the beach of Brgy 89 near Tacloban City.

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Members of the Pacampara family, Florentina Pacampara (64) Cristita Pacampara (29), Ashley Jane Macawile (5), Ezekiel Macawile ( 4) down by the beach near Brgy 89 near Tacloban City. Florentina lost her husband in the Typhoon which hit the Island of Leyte back in November 2013. She still keeps items of his clothing in her UNHCR provided tent in case he should return.

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Signs of destruction near Tacloban City.

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Marvin Ban’ez aged 51 working on his future permanent home which he and his family will move into within the next few months. His family are currently living in a UNHCR provided tent in Brgy near Tacloban City.

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UNHCR provided plastic sheeting for vital cover from wind rain and sun to many thousands of people displaced from their homes on the Philippine Island of Leyte back in November 2013.

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Locals waiting for work and odd jobs near Tacloban City.

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