Typhoon Yolanda: the aftermath

Typhoon Yolanda: the aftermath

Four months after the Typhoon Yolanda , the situation on the island of Leyte is still dramatic. Every day dozens of corpses are found, that increases unofficial but not official casualty counts: while the government reports that “just” six thousand dead , the citizens of the island speak of twenty or thirty thousand at least. In the capital Tacloban and nearby cities, mass graves and improvised cemeteries grow at every street corner; ships and boats have been moved by the enormous tide up to the heart of the slums; most of the survivors of the poorest neighborhoods, such as Magallanes, the fishing village of the city, showing an incomprehensible attachment have returned to live in exactly the same places as before, in even poorer huts, where orphans are summarily taken care of by neighbors or relatives. NGOs from around the world can not compensate for the absence of the government, which claims to have allocated 34 billion Philippine pesos (500 million euro ), the effects of which are nonetheless virtually invisible to the people discontented. Through photos and interviews, the story of a poor and proud people, of international help, of ongoing disaster, of hope and despair.

by Valerio Bispuri

Four months after the Typhoon Yolanda , the situation on the island of Leyte is still dramatic. Every day dozens of corpses are found, that increases unofficial but not official casualty counts: while the government reports that “just” six thousand dead , the citizens of the island speak of twenty or thirty thousand at least. In the capital Tacloban and nearby cities, mass graves and improvised cemeteries grow at every street corner; ships and boats have been moved by the enormous tide up to the heart of the slums; most of the survivors of the poorest neighborhoods, such as Magallanes, the fishing village of the city, showing an incomprehensible attachment have returned to live in exactly the same places as before, in even poorer huts, where orphans are summarily taken care of by neighbors or relatives. NGOs from around the world can not compensate for the absence of the government, which claims to have allocated 34 billion Philippine pesos (500 million euro ), the effects of which are nonetheless virtually invisible to the people discontented. Through photos and interviews, the story of a poor and proud people, of international help, of ongoing disaster, of hope and despair.

Tacloban, Filippine 2014. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. A cargo ship was dragged for over a mile from Hurricane Yolanda with a wind with a force of 350 km / h. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. Boys playing in the rubble of the city. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. A little girl in the rubble of the city destroyed by the typhoon. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. A huge ship dragged on the ground for miles by the typhoon Yolanda. Around have built shacks where families live. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. A child holds his teddy bear. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. A boy in the town destroyed by the typhoon. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. Two children are playing with kites in the middle of the city destroyed. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. People who work in their barracks after having lost everything in the typhoon. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. People desperate for the condition of their lives after the typhoon. Still lack the basic necessities. There are huge files to have to eat. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. The inside of a classroom at a school that has survived the typhoon and is now home to many families. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. The remains of a church in the city. The roof no longer exists. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. Two boys please their loved ones who died in the typhoon on the grave in a meadow in the city. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. People of Tacloban after the devastating typhoon. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. A family please their loved ones who died in the typhoon on the grave in a meadow in the city. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. A family around his shack near the sea, around the city destroyed. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. Two little girls in their cabin built after the typhoon Yolanda who wreaked havoc throughout the city. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. Boys playing basket ball in the rubble of the city. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. A family please their loved ones who died in the typhoon on the grave in a meadow in the city. Tacloban City, Philippines 2014. Lena is 12 years old, was miraculously saved by the typhoon but Yolanda has lost both parents.