Photo Essay

  • Typhoon survivor Manuel Lazada, 65, burns debris from Typhoon Haiyan beside an area where his house used to stand in Tolosa, Leyte province, central Philippines on Dec. 9, 2013.
  • Filipino groom Earvin Nierva, left, lifts the leg of his bride Riza as they pose for their wedding pictures beside damaged homes and a ship that was washed ashore when Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban city, central Philippines on Dec. 7, 2013.
  • Relatives of those who died in Tyhpoon Haiyan light candles at a mass grave in front of the San Joaquin Church in Palo, Leyte, Philippines on Dec. 8, 2013, marking one month since the typhoon hit.
  • A local man under the stars in his damaged home along the shore in Tacloban, Leyte Province, Philippines on Nov. 25, 2013.
  • A man rests in the framework of his damaged house along the shore in Tacloban, Leyte Province, Philippines on Nov. 25, 2013.
  • A Jeepney smashed by Typhoon Haiyan lies in the water in Tacloban on Nov.23, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines.
  • A ship is washed ashore crushing houses in Tacloban, Leyte Province, Philippines on Nov. 25, 2013. Experts say it will cost billions of dollars and take years to revive communities that were destroyed.
  • A woman arranges religious statues during a Latin mass ceremony at a local chapel in Santa Rita township on Nov. 22, 2013 in Eastern Samar, Philippines. Countries around the world have pledged relief aid to help those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult.
  • Villagers carry religious statues during a procession before taking part in a ceremony at a local chapel in Santa Rita township on Nov. 22, 2013 in Eastern Samar, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.
  • Survivors sit on a window frame of a destroyed house in a coastal area wrecked by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban on Nov. 21, 2013. As millions of dollars pour in for the more than four million left homeless in the Philippines, authorities are grappling with a familiar problem-how to stop alleged fraudulent claims and prevent politicians from possibly taking advantage.
  • Typhoon survivors play a game called "Sungka" inside the bathroom of a house, toppled by Super Typhoon Haiyan that battered Tacloban city nearly two weeks ago, in central Philippines on Nov. 21, 2013.
  • A Philippine Air Force crew drops sacks containing food supplies to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Tunga, Leyte in central Philippines on Nov. 21, 2013.
  • Villagers who have yet to receive any relief aid, react as a U.S. helicopter delivering aid takes off in a remote village off Guiuan, Eastern Samar, in central Philippines on Nov. 20, 2013.
  • A young boy sits on a salvaged chair among the rubble of destroyed homes near the waterfront in Tacloban on Nov. 20, 2013.
  • A man works to clear fallen trees on the outskirts of Tacloban City following the recent super typhoon on Nov. 20, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines.
  • A man fans flames on a fire Tanauan on Nov. 19, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines.
  • Policemen carry the body of a victim retrieved from debris in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on the outskirts of Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 18, 2013. Helicopters dropped emergency supplies to desperate villagers as a growing global relief effort following the Philippines typhoon pushed beyond devastated towns and cities towards remote island and mountain communities.
  • Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on Nov. 18, 2013.
  • Fishermen (centre R) sit in a damaged house in the San Jose fishing village on the outskirts of Tacloban on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on Nov. 18, 2013 over one week after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the area.
  • A survivor of Super Typhoon Haiyan walks past bodies of victims lined along the side of a road in Tacloban on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on Nov. 18, 2013.
  • Rescue personnel place a victim in a body bag after it was retrieved from debris on the outskirts of Tacloban on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on Nov. 18, 2013. The United Nations estimates that 13 million people were affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan with around 1.9 million losing their homes.
  • A man sleeps in a cabin on a tanker in a particularly badly damaged part of Tacloban on Nov. 18, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Several families who lost their homes to the tanker as it ran aground have set up temporary accommodation in the ship itself.
  • Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan try to get aid and relief items distributed from a truck near their shelter in Tacloban on Nov. 18, 2013.
  • A man is framed in the doorway as he leaves an aid tent on Nov. 16, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines.
  • Bodies of a woman and a child, victims of Typhoon Haiyan, float in a sea at Tacloban on Nov. 16, 2013. The death toll from one of the world's most powerful typhoons surged on Friday, but the aid effort was still so patchy bodies lay uncollected and thousands tried desperately to evacuate stricken communities across the central Philippines.
  • A survivor walks over the debris of houses destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in Tanauan, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 16, 2013. Spearheaded by a US aircraft carrier group, foreign relief efforts have stepped up a gear in the storm-devastated Philippines eight days after Super Typhoon Haiyan left thousands dead and millions homeless.
  • A victim of Typhoon Haiyan floats in a river in Tanauan, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 16, 2013.
  • Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan stand in line for drinking water in Palo on the outskirts of Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 17, 2013. Aid has been slow reaching the millions of affected people, but an enormous international relief operation has picked up momentum, bringing food, water and medical supplies and airlifting basic necessities to isolated communities.
  • A Filipino man prays on a statue of Jesus Christ prior to a Mass at Santo Nino church that was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines on Nov. 17, 2013.
  • Marilou Cassanares cries as she lights a candle by a mass grave where her husband, who died in Super Typhoon Haiyan, was buried together with almost 300 other victims in a single mass grave, in Palo, south of Tacloban, on Nov. 15, 2013.
  • A typhoon victim checks on her husband while keeping him alive by manualy pumping air into his lungs following his leg amputation that led to an infection, at the Divine Word hospital, still operating without electricity in Tacloban, on Nov. 15, 2013.
  •  Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan shade themselves from the rising sun after spending the night on the tarmac in the airport in Tacloban, where they wait to be evacuated, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines.
  • People wait for flights out of Tacloban Airport in the early hours of the morning on Nov. 15, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines.
  • Villagers, isolated by super typhoon Haiyan a week ago, scramble for relief goods being dropped by Philippine Air Force at La Paz, south of Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
  • Gerardo Alvarez, a 53-year-old evacuee from Tacloban, grimaces with grief while strapped to a wheelchair at Brigadier General Benito N. Ebuen Airbase in Cebu November 15, 2013.
  • A man climbs up a rusty roof railings to repair a damaged rice warehouse after super typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban City, in central Philippines Nov. 15, 2013.
  • A survivor looks out from his home, which was damaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan, in Palo, south of Tacloban Nov. 15, 2013.
  • Filipino survivors walk through smoke from mosquito pesticide dispensed by officers in  Tacloban on November 15, 2013.
  • A family cooks dinner around a fire in their makeshift hut in the devastated town of Tanuan, south of Tacloban on Nov. 15, 2013.
  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors carry metal sheets they've collected as they walk back to their destroyed village of Marabut, Philippines on Nov. 14, 2013.
  • A man and a woman in a wheelchair wear surgical masks to protect themselves in Tacloban City on Nov. 14, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines.
  • Firemen carry corpses of victims of Typhoon Haiyan during a mass burial on the outskirts of Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 14, 2013.
  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors ride motorbikes through the ruins of the destroyed town of Guiuan, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
  • A man carries water can among debris left from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Ormoc City on November 14, 2013 in Philippines.
  • Volunteers repack relief goods at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Manila on November 14, 2013.
  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors help carry USAID donated food after a U.S. military helicopter unloaded it in the destroyed town of Guiuan, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
  • Survivors ride a military truck on their way to the airport in Tacloban City on Nov. 14, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines.
  • Soldiers watch over Typhoon Haiyan survivors as they wait for the last evacuation flight at the airport in Tacloban, central Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
  • Children run towards a U.S. military aircraft as it arrives to distribute aid to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the destroyed town of Guiuan, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through ruins in the village of Maraboth, in the Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
  • A Philippines rescue team wades into floodwaters to retrieve a body in the Typhoon Haiyan ravaged city of Tacloban, central Phillipines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
  • A man takes a shower amid rubble in an area badly affected by Typhoon Hayan in Tacloban, central Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
  • Soldiers rush a typhoon survivor after she collapsed in a queue to board a military transport plane Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013 from the damaged Tacloban airport  in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines.
  • Typhoon survivors prepare to board a military transport plane Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013 from the damaged Tacloban airport in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines.
  • An injured man rests beneath a picture of Jesus Christ  in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 13, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines.
  • A mother wipes the face of her daughter as they wait to take a flight on a C-130 military plane out of Tacloban, Leyte province, central Philippines on Nov. 13, 2013.
  • The dead body of a typhoon victim (C) is left on the pavement of a street in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 13, 2013, days after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.
  • A young boy sits on the ruins of a building amid scenes of devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 13, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines.
  • An injured typhoon survivor is carried on a stretcher prior to being airlifted in a military transport plane Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013 from the damaged Tacloban airport.
  • Homeless residents rest inside a school featuring a portrait of Philippine President Benigno Aquino at downtown Tacloban City, in central Philippines Nov. 13, 2013.
  • A Filipino military personnel stands in the damaged control tower of the airport in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 12, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.
  • An elderly lady is carried to a C-130 aircraft during the evacuation of hundreds of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 12, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines.
  • Dead bodies are unloaded at a makeshift morgue in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 12, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.
  • Filipino nuns and other survivors wait for a military aircraft as they prepare to leave the Tacloban airport for Manila on Nov. 12, 2013.
  • A boy plays in a damaged bus in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 12, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.
  •  A woman carrying a child cries as other survivors of Typhoon Haiyan wait to board a C-130 aircraft during the evacuation of hundreds of survivors on Nov. 12, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines.
  • Dead bodies are taken away from a church to a morgue in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 12, 2013.
  • A woman holding a baby comforts a crying relative as a plane leaves the airport during evacuation operations in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on Nov. 12, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.
  • A survivor walks among the debris of houses destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on Nov. 11, 2013.
  • An aerial view of the super typhoon devastated town of Guiuan, in the eastern Samar province, Philippines, Nov. 11, 2013.
  • Survivors look up at a military C-130 plane as it arrives at typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
  • Survivors carry bags of rice from a warehouse which they stormed due to shortage of food at typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, in the Leyte province of the Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
  • Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport on Monday Nov.11, 2013.
  • A survivor cries as she tells her ordeal beside a ship that was washed ashore in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
  • A teary eyed mother cuddles her sick baby aboard a military helicopter in  super typhoon devastated town of Guiuan, in eastern Samar province, Philippines, Nov. 11, 2013.
  • Debris hangs on a basketball post near thousands of houses damaged after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, in central Philippines, Nov. 10, 2013.
  • A Filipino boy stand amidst rubbles of houses in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, in central Philippines, Nov. 10, 2013.
  • The body of a typhoon victim lies on a door after Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines, Nov. 10, 2013.
  • Residents cover their nose from the smell of dead bodies in Tacloban city, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortage of food, water and no electricity since the Typhoon Haiyan slammed into their province.
  • A Filipino father and his children wait for food relief outside their makeshift tent in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines on Nov. 10, 2013.
  • Filipino villagers carry their belongings during a heavy downpour in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines on Nov. 10, 2013.
  • Survivors carry a victim as super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines on Nov. 9, 2013.
  • A view of a collapsed building after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines, November 9, 2013.
  • A house is engulfed by the storm surge brought about by powerful typhoon Haiyan that hit Legazpi city, Albay province south of Manila on Nov. 8, 2013.
  • Residents rush to safety past a fallen tree during strong winds brought by Typhoon Haiyan that hit Cebu city, central Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013.
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Typhoon Haiyan, one month later

One month after Typhoon Haiyan plowed through the Philippines, the recovery continues to progress as humanitarian aid strives towards rebuilding the ruined islands and helping survivors get back on their feet.

According to city administrators, rebuilding Tacloban, the hardest hit city in the region, will take at least three years. After one of the strongest storms on record hit the coastal areas on Nov. 8, an outpouring of international aid, led by the United States and the United Nations, focused on clearing storm debris and offering clean water and supplies to survivors.

 But Valerie Amos, the U.N. Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, expressed concern with aid reaching the most remote islands.

 “Although we’ve got significant aid now coming in to the major centers, we still have a little bit of a worry that in a couple of the smaller islands that there may be needs there that we haven’t managed to meet yet,” she said on Monday.

According to government figures released Sunday, Typhoon Haiyan left over 5,700 dead and over 1,700 missing throughout the islands. Nearly 4 million people were displaced from the storm.

The World Bank approved $500 million in funds on Friday to support the short-term recovery and reconstruction as well as long-term plans for housing, hospitals, schools and public facilities that can withstand future natural disasters.

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