While memories of the gusting winds, catastrophic rain downpour and devastation that followed are vivid in the lives of those who were affected in New York and New Orleans, a similar chain of events were also felt by a resident across the world who lived through Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines five years ago in November 2013.
Two years after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, community members in a small town met to discuss how to survive another typhoon, what to do in case of an earthquake and how to plan for a tsunami.
The devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 shook the lives of millions of Filipinos, including Sister Vilma Orejola, F.L.P, director of faith formation at Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Cambria Heights.
The typhoon – thought to be the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land in recorded history – not only devastated 44 Filipino provinces and claimed more than 6,300 lives, it also destroyed or disrupted the livelihoods of 5.6 million people.
First in a series of reports on the aftermath Super Typhoon Haiyan and the recovery process the people of the Philippines are still undergoing two years after the typhoon devastated the region.