Super typhoon Haiyan

Linus Guardian Escandor II is an Independent Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer currently living in Manila, Philippines. He focuses on themes of environment, health, social and human rights issues.

Super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) was the strongest storm to make a landfall in recorded history leaving a trail of devastation in the Philippines. 195-mile-per-hour winds ripped apart buildings and a storm surge 17 feet high undaunted coastal areas with the force of a tsunami. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in its bulletin announced that the dead and missing has risen to 7,290 people and billion of infrastructure and crops have been destroyed.

A year after countless families are still living in tents or bunkhouses whose unknown future depends on the government's role to provide them with permanent shelters.  It was noted that political affiliations of former president Benigno Aquino III were getting help.  Revelations were made in September, via a 102-page Independent Commission on Audit report: Solíman’s office (DSWD) had wasted nearly £1m worth of food packs due to improper storage or handling; had failed to distribute nearly £10m in cash assistance to victims; and either stored in government bank accounts, or spent on government operations, tens of millions of pounds originally intended for relief and rehabilitation efforts.  There is no proper disbursement of funds for the rebuilding efforts related to infrastructure and livelihood in the Yolanda-hit areas. The tragedy of “Yolanda” thus continues to this day in the lives of its victims. The government might want to update its report on “Yolanda” and the plans it laid to help its victims. Have all the resettlement homes been completed by now? What can be done to help its victims who, continue to suffer homelessness and such great uncertainty in their lives?