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Super Typhoon Yolanda

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By correspondent Iya in the Philippines.

Typhoon Yolanda, (Haiyan, its International codename), a super typhoon with extraordinary power made its landfall on November 8, 2013 among the islands of the Philippines that cause enormous devastation across many islands. Typhoon Yolanda is believed to be the strongest typhoon over the whole world. Yolanda disseminated the whole region as it made landfall for about five times as it cross over the central Philippine islands. Many of the poorest communities were even further affected by the storm. It has affected 4 provinces and more than 10,000 barangays and hundreds of municipalities when it strikes the Philippines. One of the most affected regions was Tacloban in Leyte where thousands of people died.

The super typhoon had ripped off roofs, destroyed buildings, shattered windows and almost washed out the entire city and municipalities on the said region. Tacloban City in Leyte, as one of the area that is greatly affected by the super typhoon looks so helpless after the storm. Thousands of people died and houses and other buildings were destroyed.

Residents in Tacloban look so vulnerable as they don’t have home anymore. Rescue arrived at the place and help from different organizations and sectors of the government and from other countries begun to trickle in to the Philippines in the wake of the devastating Super Typhoon Yolanda, however these were still not enough. Desperation is setting in as thousands of people with nowhere to go wait for clean water, food, and medical care. The supply of foods, water and other necessary needs for living arrived at the region from volunteers too.

Thousands of people from areas wrecked by Yolanda clambered aboard free C-130 mercy flights to Manila without any plan, in a desperate bid to escape the hunger, uncertainties and lingering stench of death back home. Others arrived there by bus, or fled to central Cebu province, which like the capital is regarded by rural poor Filipinos as a greener pasture in this impoverished Southeast Asian nation of more than 96 million people. Many people who have survived the typhoon traveled to different places to stay with their relatives there but more families still left as they don’t have any connections in other places. Many families stayed in emergency centers provided by the government and other private groups.

Local and international media have played a great role during and after the strike of the typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. By means of the help of Medias, residents were able to let their loved ones know their real situation after the storm. Philippine government received negative criticisms because of the slow response for the needs of the victims of the typhoon Yolanda. Typhoon Yolanda has conquered the world’s news, with shocking images of the damage and destruction of this horrible typhoon. Up to now, more people are still homeless, without adequate food, water, shelter, medical supplies or care. Some are forced to sleep next to the bloated bodies of those killed during the typhoon. Newscasters and world leaders have praised the courage, strength, and resilience of Filipinos during this time of crisis and need.

Below is video footage showing Yolanda making landfall:


Iya Iya
Iya lives in the Philippines and in November 2013 was witness to the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall - Super Typhoon Yolanda (international designation of 'Haiyan'). The cyclone caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, particularly on Samar and Leyte. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless.

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