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1 Dec, 2013

Life after ‘Yolanda’ | Manila Bulletin

Three weeks ago “Yolanda” was just a name. But for Filipinos who suffered the wrath of super typhoon Yolanda, the name is now synonymous to fear, death, destruction and despair. It’s a name that no mother would want to give a newborn girl ever again.

Yolanda has killed 5,560 Filipinos in the short time that it made landfall in Eastern Visayas. Tomorrow, that number will probably rise again as 1,757 more are still missing. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council NDRRMC estimates that at least 9.927 million Filipinos were affected by Yolanda as of Nov. 27, 2013. In truth, however, Yolanda affected the entire country and a good part of the world as could be deduced from the wave of help from nations that only recently came to know about a place called “Tacloban”.

Once an urbanized community of 221,174 inhabitants, Tacloban City was awash with bodies and the wreckage of everything that could not withstand the force of Yolanda. But through it all, the typhoon victims from Tacloban and nearby provinces showed unbelievable resilience even when government relief and rescue faltered days after Yolanda left a trail of destruction.

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