Tacloban one year after Typhoon Yolanda

10 November 2014
 November 10, 2014

Photo above: A year later, debris has gone, but this ship is still on the main road in Anibong district (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

David Sim at International Business Times writes:

A year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated huge swathes of the Philippines, close to 25,000 people are still living in tents and temporary shelters.

The category five typhoon wiped out or damaged practically everything in its path as it swept ashore on 8 November, 2013, with seven-metre storm surges destroying around 90% of the city of Tacloban in Leyte province.

Haiyan killed or left missing close to 8,000 people and displaced as many as four million.

Chris McGrath photographed the devastation in the days after the typhoon hit, and has returned to Tacloban one year later.

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Caveat: I am opposed to disaster porn (publishing images of suffering for tut-tutting by comfortable people far away.) I link to this particular photo essay with mixed feelings. It avoids gruesome graphic images, but it depicts some of the scale of destruction as well as the progress and hope I saw on my recent visit to Tacloban.

 

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