In Pictures: Typhoon Haiyan - 3 Years On

8 November 2016 marks three years since Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Visayas region and Northern Palawan, affecting thousands of people and leaving unprecedented destruction on agriculture land and infrastructure.

Despite the massive destruction left in the wake of the typhoon, the pace of recovery and the resilience of the survivors have been nothing short of remarkable. As the three-year recovery operation comes to a close, the Red Cross continues its vital work to support the most vulnerable people and build their resilience to face future disasters. 

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Charina Pieza, 37, from the village of Taguite in Leyte province, is president of a community association set up by the Philippine Red Cross to build a rice mill. This association is one of many that were set up to help villagers form their own business ventures to help them recover their livelihoods after Typhoon Haiyan. The rice mill means local rice farmers do not have to travel to the next village to use its rice mill, saving them time and money. Photo Credit: Sam Smith/IFRC


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Philippine Red Cross Chairman, Richard J. Gordon, with community members. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners are empowering communities to build back their lives and their livelihood in a sustainable manner, thus contributing towards increasing their overall safety and resilience. Photo Credit: Rumolo Godines/Philippine Red Cross


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Corazon Sabroso, 46, is from Palawan province. She lives with her husband Jarou and their four children. From the cash grant she received, Corazon bought kitchenware and ingredients to set-up a small eatery. She now earns 300 Philippine pesos a day (around 6 US Dollars). Her kids are going to school and she is able to put aside savings and will be able to proceed with the construction of their new house. Photo Credit: Swiss Red Cross


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On the road to recovery, the Movement partners have promoted the use of locally available materials and empowered communities to build their lives and livelihoods in a sustainable manner. Traditional construction methods have been enhanced using build back safer techniques to improve safety and reduce vulnerability to disasters. Photo Credit: Spanish Red Cross


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As part of its recovery operation, the Red Cross introduced a livelihoods programme, designed to provide families and communities with the opportunity to become self-reliant and to engage in activities that foster growth for long-term benefits. Photo Credit: Emmanuel Lerona/IFRC


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The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners have rehabilitated and constructed health facilities. To improve health services, these facilities have also been upgraded and equipped. Some facilities now include a birthing clinic. Photo Credit: Cheryl Gaglac/IFRC


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Affected villages and provinces have been introduced to a community-based approaches in dealing with disasters, where the communities themselves are encouraged to make decisions on which risks and hazards pose the biggest threat to them, and what is the best way to mitigate those possible impacts. The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 continues to guide the Philippine Red Cross' work with communities. Photo Credit: Juan Carlo de Vela/Japanese Red Cross Society


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53-year-old Nemilyn Catarinin is from San Remigio, Cebu. She is one of the Red Cross recipients of latrine materials. Here, Nemilyn receives the second cash payout for the construction of her latrine. To ensure that the target population had the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns, community engagement remained central throughout programme implementation. Photo Credit: Cheryl Gagalac/IFRC


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In providing assistance, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement gives priority to the most vulnerable members of the community. 86-year-old Antonieta Villaram’s memory may not be as sharp as it used to be, but she can vividly recall the times when she and her children would ask permission from neighbors to use their toilet because they did not have their own. Now, when she sees her newly constructed latrine, which was built as part of the Red Cross' water and sanitation programme for Typhoon Haiyan, Antonieta can’t help but smile. Photo Credit: Emmanuel Lerona/IFRC


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Following the disaster, classes were held in open air, under trees and in damaged buildings. The Philippine Red Cross, with support from the Japanese Red Cross Society embarked on a project to rehabilitate and refurbish classrooms in schools that were damaged or destroyed in the affected areas. Photo Credit: Juan Carlo de Vela/Japanese Red Cross Society