I had the opportunity to visit Tacloban City ten months after it was devastated by typhoon Yolanda. During that super typhoon (international name: typhoon Haiyan), it is estimated that more than 6,000 died due to the storm surge. Previous to this, we Filipinos did not understand what a “storm surge” meant. I guess it did not register quite well in the minds of people and many did not take seriously the warning knowing that this area was prone to typhoons and typhoons happen all the time. It was too late when we finally understood what “storm surge” really meant. Now we know.
Ten months after Yolanda, I can see that life in this area seems to be getting back to normal. People are doing what they can to survive and live a normal life. On this trip, I was asked to take photos and videos of what’s going on in the area. I was glad I had the opportunity to visit the place.