After the storm: Typhoon Haiyan

Some images pubbed by the Financial Times.

Together with an Al Jazeera 101 East team, I flew to Leyte Island almost a week after Typhoon Haiyan first made landfall. The briefing before we were deployed for coverage was to expect the worst. As the helicopter slowly descended toward the stricken city of Tacloban, I saw the worst I had in mind was an understatement of the destruction that spread out below me.

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I was on Leyte island for five days, but it felt like I had been there for a lifetime. Every sundown it was as if death blanketed the city. Every sunrise brought new hope, but that flicker of hope would always be tempered by the feeling of hopelessness in the face of such destruction.

The images, stories and the experience will haunt me forever. This catastrophe is something we could, and must, learn a lot from, but never forget.

The storm may be over, but the destruction Haiyan left in its wake is still creating waves.
(More images here.)
-Hx

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