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|Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) |
Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) struck the East Coast of the Visayas early in the morning of Friday 8 November 2013. The eye of the category 5 typhoon passed between the southern tip of the Guiuan Peninsular and Homonhon Island before crossing the Leyte Gulf and striking the East coast of Leyte. The centre of the typhoon crossed the coast in the municipality of Tolosa. The eye was about 20 kilometres wide, stretching from Tanauan in the north to Dulag in the south. The whole of Tolosa municipality was within the eye of the storm. Path
With sustained winds of 320kph and gusts up to 380kph, Yolanda was a very powerful typhoon said to be 'the strongest ever at the time of landfall' [Scientific American]. It was also the deadliest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines, Tthe official death toll is 6340 with another 1061 missing. However the death toll quickly became a political issue and it is generally believed that the death toll was much higher, possibly more than 30,000. [Philstar 23/8/14] . Property damage is immense with all but the strongest concrete buildings destroyed. Most of the stonger buildings were damaged with loss of roofing and storm surge damage inside. For a comprehensive scientific analysis of what caused this typhoon to be so powerful, watch this video: Mega Storm: World's Biggest Typhoon.
Our family and neighbours huddle on the first floor of our house extension (under construction)
to avoid the storm surge. (Pic Mark Paul Pamen)
The Provincial Capital, Tacloban was badly hit by the storm surge because it is situated on a small peninsular. The storm surge was higher there because of water coning in from both sides and the funneling effect of the waves coming through San Pedro Bay. The death toll there was very high because of the densely populated shanty towns along the water edge. It is believed that more deaths were caused by drowning in the storm surge than by the ferocious winds.
The scene outside our house in Cabuynan, Tanauan, Leyte immediately after the storm. (Pic Clezel Resano)
On my trip to the Philippines in February/March 2014 I spent 4 weeks in Leyte during which I walked around the coastal area in Leyte where the eye of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) crossed the coast. I walked a total 192.6 kilometres through 4 towns and 41 baranguys (villages). I took 6,171 raw pictures which I have reduced to 3,820 pictures after sorting and processing.
It was an emotional trip for me. The destruction was incredible and it is hard to adequately portray in mere pictures. The spirit of the people was amazing, smiling faces everywhere among the rubble. They are very positive, referring to themselves as "survivors", not "victims".
Links to pictures: .
For the record, the Baranguys I visited are:
Palo: Salvacion; Cogon; San Joaquin.
Tanauan: Cabuynan; Bislig; Sacme; Santo Nino; San Roque; Limbuhan Daku; Limbuhan Guti; Magay; Solano; Santa Cruz; Calogcog; Arado; Catmon; Linao; Amanluran; Tugop; Lapay; Abang; Canramos.
Tolosa: Olot; Burak; Quilao; Imelda; Cantariwis; San Roque; Opong; Telegrafo; Tanghas; Dona Brigida; Canmogsay; Capanhigan.
Dulag: San Rafael; Luan; San Jose; Highway; Serano; Sungi; Buntay.
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The Aftermath, The Age
Lorenzo Moscia - Haiyan Aftremath
Best 50 Media Pics
Before and After
My Post Yolanda 2014 Pics
SBS 7 Months After
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Lorenzo Moscia - Haiyan Tacloban
Typhoon Chasers Video
Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath
Moving on After Yolanda - Tanauan Style
San Rafael Evacuation - Eric Lagunzad