A decade ago today, super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) wrought havoc to the Philippines, killing over 6,300 people and displacing tens of thousands of families.
We are publishing images from the PCIJ photo archives to remember one of the worst disasters to hit the Philippines. These decade-old photos were taken by then PCIJ multimedia director JULIUS D. MARIVELES who was on the ground a week after the typhoon hit.
The massive destruction of Tacloban City was immediately visible to anyone — government officials, rescue and relief volunteers, and the media among others — arriving from the air.
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On the ground, the stench of death lingered in the early days. Bodies were not immediately collected, some remaining under rubble for days after the typhoon.