Philippines observes Typhoon Haiyan anniversary

Philippines observes Typhoon Haiyan anniversary

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A year after Typhoon Haiyan tore through central Philippine, as thousands remember the dead.

In memory of those who fell to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines a year ago, thousands of people took to streets for a memorial walk through the city of Tacloban. Known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, the storm was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded.

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The typhoon struck several regions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013, killing at least 6,300 people in the country alone, displacing millions. About 90 percent of Tacloban was destroyed due to the storm that affected 14.5 million people in six regions and 44 provinces in the Philippines.

The march was also lined with protests against the inadequate and slow pacing of redevelopment post the typhoon in the country. Many of those who were displaced a year ago are still surviving in temporary shelters.

The protests were staged in Tacloban, as well as Manila, with people reportedly stating that they the government has failed to show initiative and urgency in the matter, including finding inhabitable lands which are safely distant from the coast, as well as building new houses.

Although, the country’s president Benigno Aquino had visited the nearby Samar Island on November 7, 2014 to unveil relocation plans for the Tacloban airport away from the coast  and build over 205,000 permanent homes for the displaced, the government has been accused by the public of diverting aid and reconstruction funds. The protesters even burnt a nine foot effigy of the premier.

Photo Credits: bbc.co.uk