Picture Essay: Panay

(Note: These are some of the photos I took during my trip to Iloilo and Capiz for the book project on lessons learned from typhoon Yolanda. They are posted here purely as personal observations and impressions.)

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Roof peeled off. This gymnasium in front of the municipal hall of Concepcion, Iloilo is a common sight. In other places, the wind bore down on the roof, pushing it down. 

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This is a narra tree uprooted by the storm. It almost fell into a section of the municipal hall.
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Miss Alice is a staff of the local DRRM office. Over lunch she talks about going on duty at the height of the storm and after, and her dilemma between public service and family duty.  

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Some of those who lost their homes are housed in these government bunkhouses temporarily. 

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In the late afternoon, these boys work on their basketball shots and gamely smile for the camera.

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The smell of isaw attracted our team to the home of Elma Grace Tingson, 30. There is no power in the bunkhouses.

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Kristine Kay Tingson, 7, is a special child. 

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39-year-old Elna Garniso used to live in one of the coastal villages. She has 5 kids; her husband is a laborer.

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Lolo Inggo hesitated to have his photo taken, but in the end said yes. 

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Water is scarce in the bunkhouse area. Kids help out by carrying pails of water for their families.

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Residents of Bgy. Bayas in Estancia Quezon go to the mainland to do their marketing. There are regular trips going to and from the island. This baby's mother just got a week's supply. 

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Again, a common sight. The unprecedented storm surge took Bayas by surprise. Fortunately, there were no casualties here. 

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Back in the mainland, a power barge slammed into a house, killing child and grandmother. The Benzene from the oil spill has compounded the damage to residents of at least 3 villages in Estancia. 

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This cube may have been part of a house that used to stand along the shore. Members of my team take photos. 

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Tent City in Estancia. There is no electricity; a generator powers the tents from 6pm to 10pm every night. 

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Noel Castro, 45, has six  children, at least two of whom are suffering from serious skin diseases because of the oil spill. Here he shows a solar lamp donated by a non-government organization. 

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This beautiful fishpond in Bgy. Binaobaoan, Pilar, Capiz looked calm yesterday. In November, nothing could be seen from here but water. 

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It was my first time to facilitate a focus group discussion. These are baranggay officials of Binaobaoan talking about their experience with typhoon Yolanda. 

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A German NGO, HEKS, gives these houses to those whose houses were totally damaged.