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Tacloban one month after Haiyan

Source: Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:45 AM
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It’s hard to see a future for Tacloban, one month on. But look beyond the shattered buildings, the piles of rubble, the smashed-up cars and you can see Tacloban rising, writes Joe Lowry, IOM.

Everywhere, men (...) are hard at work, clearing up and making good. Women are cleaning, washing, buying and selling, keeping their kids busy and happy. And there are Christmas decorations.

Tacloban is not Times Square or Oxford Street, but it’s all the more joyful and seasonal in its defiance, it its refusal to give up.

  •  Francis bringing the IOM-donated shelter tools home. Francis Gaspean knows he is lucky to be alive. When Typhoon Haiyan hit, he went to check the nearest evacuation centre in his home town of Tacloban. He and his wife have six kids under seven years old, and when he saw the crowds and the fear he decided to take his chances in his wooden house. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Francis bringing the IOM-donated shelter tools home. Francis Gaspean knows he is lucky to be alive. When Typhoon Haiyan hit, he went to check the nearest evacuation centre in his home town of Tacloban. He and his wife have six kids under seven years old, and when he saw the crowds and the fear he decided to take his chances in his wooden house. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Francis walks over the “San Juanico Bridge” to his home. Francis Gaspean knows he is lucky to be alive. When Typhoon Haiyan hit, he went to check the nearest evacuation centre in his home town of Tacloban. He and his wife have six kids under seven years old, and when he saw the crowds and the fear he decided to take his chances in his wooden house. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Francis walks over the “San Juanico Bridge” to his home. Francis Gaspean knows he is lucky to be alive. When Typhoon Haiyan hit, he went to check the nearest evacuation centre in his home town of Tacloban. He and his wife have six kids under seven years old, and when he saw the crowds and the fear he decided to take his chances in his wooden house. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Francis Gaspean is one of the first to receive IOM’s newly-arrived shelter materials: ten sheets of corrugated iron, ten thick bamboo poles, a shovel, saw, nails, fixing screws, rope, a crowbar and a hammer. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Francis Gaspean is one of the first to receive IOM’s newly-arrived shelter materials: ten sheets of corrugated iron, ten thick bamboo poles, a shovel, saw, nails, fixing screws, rope, a crowbar and a hammer. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  An IOM staffer ensuring that shelter materials are delivered fairly and accurately. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)<br /> <br /> Read more: <a href=philippineresponse.iom.int/blog/roof-over-their-heads">

    An IOM staffer ensuring that shelter materials are delivered fairly and accurately. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Read more: philippineresponse.iom.int/blog/roof-over-their-heads

  •  The Gaspean family from Tacloban. Francis Gaspean knows he is lucky to be alive. When Typhoon Haiyan hit, he went to check the nearest evacuation centre in his home town of Tacloban. He and his wife have six kids under seven years old, and when he saw the crowds and the fear he decided to take his chances in his wooden house. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    The Gaspean family from Tacloban. Francis Gaspean knows he is lucky to be alive. When Typhoon Haiyan hit, he went to check the nearest evacuation centre in his home town of Tacloban. He and his wife have six kids under seven years old, and when he saw the crowds and the fear he decided to take his chances in his wooden house. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Francis Gaspean shows how high the water reached into his house. Francis Gaspean knows he is lucky to be alive. When Typhoon Haiyan hit, he went to check the nearest evacuation centre in his home town of Tacloban. He and his wife have six kids under seven years old, and when he saw the crowds and the fear he decided to take his chances in his wooden house. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Francis Gaspean shows how high the water reached into his house. Francis Gaspean knows he is lucky to be alive. When Typhoon Haiyan hit, he went to check the nearest evacuation centre in his home town of Tacloban. He and his wife have six kids under seven years old, and when he saw the crowds and the fear he decided to take his chances in his wooden house. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Offloading IOM shelter toolkits for distribution to people who lost their homes in typhoon Haiyan. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Offloading IOM shelter toolkits for distribution to people who lost their homes in typhoon Haiyan. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Shelter toolkits for distribution to survivors of typhoon Haiyan. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)<br /> <br /> <br /> Read more: <a href=philippineresponse.iom.int/blog/roof-over-their-heads">

    Shelter toolkits for distribution to survivors of typhoon Haiyan. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)


    Read more: philippineresponse.iom.int/blog/roof-over-their-heads

  •  IOM staff distributing solar lamps, blankets and jerry cans in Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    IOM staff distributing solar lamps, blankets and jerry cans in Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  View of Tacloban city. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    View of Tacloban city. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  People queuing for relief aid in Tacloban.© IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    People queuing for relief aid in Tacloban.© IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Children of Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Children of Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Life returning to normal in Tacloban one month after the deadly typhoon. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Life returning to normal in Tacloban one month after the deadly typhoon. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Life returning to normal in Tacloban one month after the deadly typhoon. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Life returning to normal in Tacloban one month after the deadly typhoon. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Life returning to normal in Tacloban one month after the deadly typhoon. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Life returning to normal in Tacloban one month after the deadly typhoon. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  IOM staff distributing solar lamps, blankets and jerry cans in Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    IOM staff distributing solar lamps, blankets and jerry cans in Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  IOM has distributed solar lamps to some of the poorest areas in Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    IOM has distributed solar lamps to some of the poorest areas in Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Life returning to normal in Tacloban one month after the deadly typhoon. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Life returning to normal in Tacloban one month after the deadly typhoon. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  Marike Malate (18) widowed on November 8 with her one-month old daugther Yolanda. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    Marike Malate (18) widowed on November 8 with her one-month old daugther Yolanda. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

  •  IOM Corrugated Iron Sheets being warehoused in Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

    IOM Corrugated Iron Sheets being warehoused in Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

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