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Typhoon Yolanda Photo 8 - PhilStar

Super Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath: 10 Heartbreaking Photos

Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), which is considered one of the strongest typhoons in the planet, did not leave the country without causing heartbreaks and pains to most of our Filipino countrymen. Thousands of lives were lost, multi-million-peso properties were destroyed, especially in the hardly-hit areas, Tacloban in Leyte, Cebu, Ilo-ilo, Antique and Palawan, among others.

In Tacloban City alone, around 10,000 people are feared dead. The city is still without a line of communication and many roads remain impassable as of this posting. Several other towns in the whole province of Leyte cannot be reached by other means of transportation except by chopper and by boat — thus, food supplies and other relief goods cannot be easily brought to the areas.

In my home province of Palawan, the island towns of Coron (with over 1,200 families affected) and Taytay where my parents and brothers live (has around 1,600 families affected), according to the Palawan Information Agency.

Tourism land marks have been destroyed, including the giant cross in Coron’s Mount Tapias. The towns are now under state of calamity.

As we are yet to get more details on the extent of Yolanda’s damages, we gathered photos from around the world to give you, our dear readers, at least a glimpse of how the several provinces in the Philippines look like after the typhoon.

Much as we wanna believe that nothing can break the Filipino spirit, our hearts remain vulnerable to pain, and these scenes, captured by the lenses of our fellows who are in the area, are definitely heartbreaking.

Check them out and may these photos touch your heart and compel everyone to take action, extend help and let our brethren know that they are loved, and we are here to help them. Hit that share to facebook button on the side as well so our friends would know. Feel free to tweet or re-tweet as needed. Yes, we can do more just by hitting a few buttons on our gadgets.

Supertyphoon Aftermath: 10 Heartbreaking Photos

Typhoon Yolanda Photo 1

Almost all houses are destroyed in Tacloban City

Typhoon Yolanda Photo 2

The super typhoon wiped out the houses in this part of Tacloban

Typhoon Yolanda Photo 3

ERRATUM: This photo is an aerial view a coastal village in Concepcion, Iloilo and was taken by Iloilo Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias, and was just shared by ABS-CBN (Thanks for the comment below).

Typhoon Yolanda Photo 5

The man has nothing left except an image of a saint he’s holding with the destroyed houses at the background. Photo from Ces Drilon’s instagram @cesdrilon

Typhoon Yolanda Photo 4 - PhilStar

Typhoon victims wait for the supplies – Photo from Philippine Star

Typhoon Yolanda Photo Deaths Damages Tacloban

Some residents check out the dead bodies while inside a chapel in Tacloban. Photo from Philippine Star

Typhoon Yolanda Photo 6 - Ces Drilon

An aerial view of the devastated village in Tacloban

Typhoon Yolanda Photo 8 - PhilStar

A man weeps while inside an evacuation center

Typhoon Yolanda Photo 9

This is how a school teacher describes how she lost her daughter to typhoon. No photo but words are enough to break our hearts – Photo shared on Instagram

Typhoon Yolanda Photo 10 - Inquirer

A father carrying her daughter after the Typhoon. The photo was taken to instagram from the front page of the Philippine daily inquirer earlier today. This just broke my heart.

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Ely Valendez

Ely Valendez is an award-winning blogger-journalist based in the Philippines. He handles several social media marketing projects for various brands in his home country as well as for a US-based IT/e-commerce company, PCM where he works full time. He uses his spare time doing financial consultancy for a UK-based company. He also sits as member of the Board of Directors of the Philippines Communication Society and serves as a web manager and resource person of the Philippine Press Institute.

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