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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban Celebrates Christmas Season

The residents and survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda decorates a large parol amid the ruins of Tacloban City on Dec. 24, 2013. Residents built the Pilipino's most popular Christmas icon to inspire hope of better days ahead for themselves. Hogs were being roasted, Christmas trees adorned streets, last-minutes shoppers filled downtown and heavily damaged churches overflowed with parishioners on the eve of the country's most joyous holiday. The ferocious 315 Km/Hr. winds of Super Typhoon Yolanda flattened the gritty neighborhood on Tacloban's coast called Magallanes, then swept up everything else with giant waves in a day of terror on Nov. 8, 2013. Tacloban and nearby districts accounted more than 5,000 of the 6,000+ confirmed deaths, with nearly 2,000 missing making it the country's deadliest storm and one of the worst natural disaster. Some of the survivors have received small amounts of cash from the UN, Philippine Government and several Aid Organizations taking part in a scheme designed to revive the economy of devastated communities. UN World Food Program has handed out Php 1,300 to some 18,000 of the poorest families in Tacloban city and nearby areas in the run up to Christmas day to spend on rebuilding their lives.   
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