Typhoon Haiyan Six Months Later: Difficult Recovery

Collection with 16 media items created by Javier Triana

04 May 2014 21:00

Six months after Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 6000 people and left more than one million homeless in the Philippines, the country is slowly recovering.

The 17 members of the Homerez family from the island of Leyte lost everything in the tragedy. The island was the most affected area with 3,000 dead recorded. They were able to survive thanks to the rice they found on a boat that had washed ashore near their house. In the last six months they have been struggling to rebuild their houses and overcome the death of the father.

The Libutar family wasn't as lucky as the Homerez. Their house was washed away by the typhoon. They now live under a bridge by the river. Meanwhile they are trying to save money to rebuild their makeshift house. The aid they get from NGOs is not enough to neither build a concrete house nor buy another plot in a safer area.

Authorities are trying to move people who lost their homes into longer term and more durable housing. About 500 000 people are living in areas where their is a high risk of natural disasters. According to the mayor of Tacloban, 65 000 to 75 000 people are waiting to be relocated to safer areas.

490.000 houses were destroyed by the typhoon on Leyte, and more than 200 000 families haven’t received enough aid to build a safe and durable home.

Journalist Javier Triana will interview the breadwinners of both families, NGO officials and the Mayor of Tacloban about the country's recovery.

Philippines Typhoon Human Interest Tacloban

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Typhoon Haiyan 9
By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

A teapot, overlooking the river and the spot where the Libutar family's house used to be.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

The house of the Libutar family was washed away by Super Typhoon Haiyan half a year ago. The ten family members are now forced to live under a bridge.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

The breadwinner of the Libutar family, Alfredo Libutar, is forced to live under a bridge with the 9 other members of his family. Their house was washed away by Super Typhoon Haiyan, half a year ago.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

The Libutar family is forced to live under a bridge.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

The breadwinner of the Libutar family, Alfredo Libutar, is forced to live under a bridge with the 9 other members of his family. Their house was washed away by Super Typhoon Haiyan, half a year ago.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

The house of the Libutar family house was washed away by Super Typhoon Haiyan, half a year ago. They now live under a bridge, on the other side of the river they used to live by. Children complain the heavy traffic on the bridge wake them up at night.

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By Javier Triana
06 May 2014

Cargo MV Liguya V was washed ashore by "super" typhoon Hayain in the outskirts of Tacloban (Philippines), nearby the Homerez family's house.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

A boat was washed ashore by "super" typhoon Hayain in the outskirts of Tacloban (Philippines), nearby the Homerez family's house. In this picture, the ship can be seen from the Homerez's house.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

View from a boat that was washed ashore by "super" typhoon Hayain in the outskirts of Tacloban (Philippines), nearby the Homerez family's house.

Children of the Homerez family play around a cargo that landed in their backyard after the typhoon. Three people died there while looting the ship. The children say they hear cries from their ghosts inside the boat.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

The Homerez family survived thanks to the rice they found on ship that landed nearby their house during the typhoon. The ship can be seen at the background.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

Children of the Homerez family play around a cargo that landed in their backyard after the typhoon. Three people died there while looting the ship. The children say they hear cries from their ghosts inside the boat.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

Children trying to climb on a boat that was washed ashore nearby their house. They survived the typhoon thanks to the rice they found on the ship.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

The house of the Libutar family was washed away by Super Typhoon Haiyan, half a year ago. They now live under a bridge.
According to the mayor of Tacloban, 65 000 to 75 000 people living areas where there is a high risk of natural disasters are waiting to be relocated.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

The house of the Libutar family was washed away by Super Typhoon Haiyan, half a year ago. They now live under a bridge.

In Tacloban, 490.000 houses were destroyed by the typhoon and over 200.000 families haven't received enough aid to build a safe and durable home. Up to 500 000 people are living in areas where there is a high risk of natural disaster.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

The house of the Libutar family was washed away by Super Typhoon Haiyan, half a year ago. They now live under a bridge.

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By Javier Triana
04 May 2014

The house of the Libutar family was washed away by Super Typhoon Haiyan, half a year ago. They now live under a bridge.