Yolanda Samar Leyte

new leaves

New life in Guiuan a month after Yolanda

After Yolanda – new leaves growing on a vine in Guiuan Samar 6 weeks after typhoon

Tacloban

Tacloban Barangay 54

Widespread destruction in Tacloban above.  Christmas tree Dec 26 2013 below

Christmas tree

Christmas tree in Tac;oban

Typhoon  Yolanda also landed in Samar – the southern edge of Samar Island across from Tacloban Leyte took a temendous beating from the winds and storm surge. Guiuan, Basey, and Marabut – many people lost everything – family and home

Marabut Samar

Marabut Samar

Marabut Samar

gasoline dealer

Samar gasoline dealer

Southern Samar gasoline distributor – gasoline cost 70 – 75 peso per one liter bottle now (late December) Shortly after the typhoon the cost of available gasoline was 300 pesos per liter as there was a very limited supply. A trip on the back of a habal habal motorbike taxi from the San Juanico bridge to Guiuan was 10,000 pesos. Downed trees blocked the way the first few days so most transport was on foot. (news crews were the few customers) Guiuan below

typhoon damage

typhoon Yolanda damage

It is refreshing to see how the people are energized to move forward and rebuild. There is no other option really.

saw mill

coco wood cutters at make shift saw mill in Leyte

typhoon – millions of coconut trees were blown over and many are being sawn into lumber to be used in rebuilding. The trees are a huge resource for lumber as all building materials are in short supply in Samar and Leyte and the Philippines in general right now ( late December 2013)

hauling lumber with motorbike

hauling lumber with motorbike

Cutting coco wood – hauling lumber that has been sawn from coco trees. Have a look at the roof above this motorbike so passengers do not get wet. These drivers have exceptional balance and carry up to 6 passengers at times.

emergency shelter

emergency shelter set up among the downed coco trees

tent shelter provided by relief agency in southern Samar – official estimates report 30 million coconut trees were destroyed in southern Samar and Northern Leyte -

roofless

roofless but not hopless BANGON ORMOC

roofless but not hopeless – Kings in Ormoc City

damaged school

school in Nueva Vista Leyte

school in Nueva Vista Leyte – almost all schools in the area lost their roofs

outdoor classroom

outdoor classroom

outdoor classroom in the mountains in Leyte

UKAID tents

UKAID tents

relief shelters set up in a school yard – between Marabut and Guiuan Samar

emergency shelter

emergency shelter

UNHCR emergency shelters – most of the people do not have complete shelters such as this but have put together temporary shelters from debris that was scattered about.

Tacloban street

Tacloban street

Tacloban street with ship that was washed up on land by the storm surge.

Tacloban kids

Tacloban kids

Tacloban kids with energizing smiles ! It is amazing the energy the people of Tacloban have – Tacloban will emerge from this disaster with sparkling results – there is no other option – Bangon Tacloban !

cell phone charging station

phone charging station in Ormoc City

Cell Phone charging station outside of Dunkin Donuts in Ormoc City – charging cell phone batteries from electricity from a portable generator. Communication was important after the typhoon as people were searching for family and friends – especially in Tacloban – Palo Leyte  note: the Dunkin Donut shop was not open for 6 weeks – this was just a temporary shop set up by an independent vendor. Getting electricity to charge the phones was critical.

Mosque in Ormoc City

Mosque in Ormoc City

typhoon relief at mosque in Ormoc City

Tacloban church

Tacloban church on the waterfront

Tacloban church on the waterfront

church

church

Basey Samar below

Basey

Basey

Basey Samar – this coastal fishing village on the southern shore of Samar took a huge hit with heavy loss of life

Basey Samar

Basey Samar

spare fuel – no longer necessary to carry spare gasoline as there are many road side vendors that sell gasoline by the liter for 70 – 75 pesos per. the pump price is about 56 pesos for XCS or premium gasoline

spare fuel

4 liters spare fuel

Road in Palo by the MacArthur Memorial

Palo Leyte

Palo Leyte

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Dec 23, 2013 www.dutchpickle.com

6 responses to “Yolanda Samar Leyte”

  1. Great pics, DP, and thanks for keeping us up-to-date on the situation now that the MSM spotlight has shifted away from the Philippines.

  2. Great pics mate. great chatting this morning. Melody was well pleased to see u. We will be building a nipa at our little farm just for dp when he is in town. Home from home mate. Just for you x

  3. DP,

    Your motorbike still looks in pretty good shape after your motorbike crash with the bus in December 2010…How many km’s are on the clock now? As I don’t think theres much of the Philippines Islands it has not seen over the years!

    Another great story mate wish I was over in the Philippines now but sad to say I’m on call for my work from the 24th of December until the 8th of January so hope its going to be an easy time over Christmas New Years period for me!

    Take care and Mery Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family and see you in the new year for our next adventure etc.

    MG

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