Photo Essay : Struggle amidst ruins in Leyte towns

Nov. 28, 2013

Photos by Ace R. Morandante & Ken Bandayanon
Davao Today

LEYTE – Lives in the towns outside Tacloban, Leyte have not returned to normalcy, two weeks after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the province.

While relief and cleanup efforts had come to Tacloban, other towns and cities received minimal attention such as in Palo, Tanauan, Lapaz and Tolosa, this according to Balsa Mindanao which provided relief, psycho-social and medical services to these places recently.


Residents still struggle to rebuild homes from fallen wood and galvanized roofs, and finding food and clean water is so far and in between.

Survivors want immediate relief from government in the form of shelter houses to protect children from the elements. But with nearly 1,149,529 houses damaged and 48,655 families homeless, aid needs to come soon.

There are still many needs for the survivors, from medicines, water, shelter kits and tools and clothes, as national and international aid groups have flocked to Eastern Visayas. It’s a question of time and resolve from government to get things done in the shortest time.


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