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Yolanda's path: Then and now

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2018 03:13 PM | Updated as of Nov 08 2018 07:04 PM

Five years ago, super typhoon Yolanda, the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines, made six landfalls and left a trail of destruction in its path.

Nowhere was the destruction more pronounced than in Tacloban City, Leyte and in the town of Basey, Samar.

In Tacloban, Cancabato Bay caught the might of the cyclone and 5-meter-high storm surges destroyed or damaged nearly everything as Yolanda crossed the area.

Tacloban and Basey lay in ruins weeks after the disaster. Where once there were houses and buildings, only debris was left.

Five years hence, a picture of normalcy all but belies the danger that could befall their residents again.

In areas once identified as no-build zones, communities have again mushroomed. Areas that were shattered are no longer off-limits, its residents leaving their future to fate once more.

 

The Leyte Provincial Capitol with debris strewn all over the front yard in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda, and five years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

M.H. Del Pilar street, taken from the center of town right after super typhoon Yolanda, was a picture of bald trees and debris, and today. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

The Tacloban Public Market damaged by the storm surge which hit Cancabato Bay, and what it looks like five years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

People walk past the debris left by the storm surge that hit the Tacloban Public Market, and a picture of normal activity now back. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

Houses of informal settlers that were virtually wiped out in Bgy. Anibong, one of the hardest hit by the storm surge in Cancabato Bay, are now back. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

Bgy. Anibong became the poster image of the destruction in Tacloban City when ships ran aground during the storm surge, sweeping houses along the way. Now, informal settlers are back in the area that has been declared a No-Build Zone. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

The town center of Basey is filled with debris from the storm surge generated by super typhoon Yolanda, and a picture of normalcy five years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

 

San Antonio in Basey, Samar was one of the hardest hit small villages during super typhoon Yolanda. The village, with a population of 2,000, suffered 42 casualties. Five years hence, the villagers still leave the explanation of what happened to them to faith. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News