(The following post was published in Russian in New Times in Moscow.)
It was one of the most gripping images I saw of super typhoon Haiyan when it struck central Philippines: a group of people on the roof of a house trying to evade fast rising flood waters, holding on for dear life as they were buffeted by rain, wind and storm surge in Tacloban City. These images were captured on video by our news team on the ground.
For several tense hours, we lost all communication with our journalists. When we reestablished connection later, the full story of those people on the roof dawned on us: They were children in an orphanage called Street Life Philippines that was pounded and destroyed during the super typhoon. They climbed the roof and held on for nearly two hours, refusing to be swept away by the violent waters.