Typhoon Haiyan – The Aftermath

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing over 6,200 people in the Philippines alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed. (From wikipedia)

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

The Story

Last January 29, more than 2 months after the typhoon hit, we (My pastor, me and a photographer friend) went to Tacloban to help some villagers by donating boats and helping them rebuild their houses with the donation of our church, Word for the World, and also to look at the what happened to Tacloban with our own eyes.

As photographers we tell stories by pictures. I am writing this to show and share what I saw on our 2 day trip.

Even before our plane landed you could see the fallen trees and trees without leaves.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

Seconds before our plane landed.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

The airport, more than 2 months after the storm hit. The airport is now operational but you could still see how badly it was hit.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

A Spray painted sign.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

On our way to our first destination, you could see the aftermath of the typhoon.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

The fishing village where almost all if not all of their boats and houses were destroyed.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

A broken mirror.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

Inside the fishing village

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

A kid playing

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

Pastor Raymond Ladao and Bro. Pete Ilagan praying for the villagers.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

There are still some parts of Tacloban where their are no electricities.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

C130 plane

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

People who lost their houses are living in tents.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

Broken cars

Damaged Cars everywhere.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

Cars that I can’t imagine how it got there.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

On our way to our second destination we passed by a boat that was in the middle of the sidewalk.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

The boats that our church will be donating to the villagers.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

Bangon Tacloban (Rise Up Tacloban)

The Philippine Flags infront of Tacloban City Hall

Some of the scenes on our way back to the place we were staying

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

A Jeepney

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

Locals doing their laundry on the street

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

When we got to where we were staying locals told us that they just found a body about 30min before we arrived.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

 

A pile of clothes

Locals showing us that there is still a dead body underneath this big tree.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

A look inside one of the houses that was directly hit by the stormsurge

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

Me and my photographer friend went back to the village when sunset came to take more pictures

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

 

Group of kids

A fisherman cooking their dinner

Me and Milk Mendoza(Philippine Based Photographer)

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath

Tacloban is slowly rebuilding the city and recovering from the devastation that hit them. Filipino’s are known as one of the world’s happiest people. Even with all the things that happened to them, the locals can still smile and know that one day Tacloban will rise again.

Typhoon Haiyan - A Photographers Aftermath