- Updated Article (January 2015) – Eastern Samar/Leyte
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The following two interactive illustrations, developed by RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila), attempt to show how nature and people were affected by Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan). The typhoon made landfall in the Philippines November 8th, 2013, with some of the strongest wind speeds ever recorded.
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Illustration 1 – Storm Surge at Hernani, Barangay (village) Carmen, Town of Hernani, East Samar
The town of Hernani was largely destroyed by the storm surge (‘tsunami’). Coming from the Pacific Ocean the typhoon first made landfall on Samar Island, destroying most of the coastal towns in its path.
Illustration 2 – Surviving Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), Panay Island
The illustration depicts the constant threats fishermen and their families face, living on small islets that barely reach out of the ocean at low tide.
To assist these fisherfolks RIMM has initiated a no interest relocation loan program. It consists of purchase of nearby land that is not located in flood zones (but provides water and electricity) along with construction of sturdy homes and some farming so that the fishermen can continue their fishing livelihood. Donation assistance is vitally needed to make the program self-funding.
Illustrations may be enhanced as new information becomes available. Additional illustrations will also be added from time to time.