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Then and Now: Six years after Yolanda

Fernando G. Sepe, Jr and Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2019 08:14 PM | Updated as of Nov 08 2019 09:44 PM

Six years after typhoon Yolanda caused massive devastation in Tacloban, residents attempt to go about their usual routine. The country’s deadliest typhoon, which killed around 6,300 people, is a constant reminder of the climate emergency the Philippines faces.

Despite the declaration of “No build zones” in areas adjacent to Cancabato Bay in Tacloban, structures and informal settlements mushroomed in the area. Most informal settlers cited access to livelihood as the major reason for staying in these “no-build zones,” mindful of the danger of storm surges experienced when Yolanda crossed the area in 2013.

Rebuilding and reconstruction is still underway. Half of the 205,128 housing units have been built, according to the Inter-Agency Task Force Yolanda as they aim to finish construction in 2021.

Here are select photos showing Tacloban days after Typhoon Yolanda struck, and the current situation in the area.

Provincial Capitol

The Leyte Provincial Capitol with debris strewn all over the front yard in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda, and six years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Provincial Capitol

The Leyte Provincial Capitol with debris strewn all over the front yard in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda, and six years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

M.H. Del Pilar street

M.H. Del Pilar street was a picture of bald trees and debris on the road taken from the center of town right after super typhoon Yolanda, and six years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

M.H. Del Pilar street

M.H. Del Pilar street was a picture of bald trees and debris on the road taken from the center of town right after super typhoon Yolanda, and six years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Public Market wide

The Tacloban Public Market damaged by the storm surge from Cancabato Bay, and its current situation six years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Public Market wide

The Tacloban Public Market damaged by the storm surge from Cancabato Bay, and its current situation six years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Public Market

People walk past debris left by the storm surge that hit the Tacloban Public Market, and the picture of normal activity six years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Public Market

People walk past debris left by the storm surge that hit the Tacloban Public Market, and the picture of normal activity six years later. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Barangay Anibong

Houses of informal settlers that were virtually wiped out in Barangay Anibong, one of the hardest hit by the storm surge from Cancabato Bay, are back six years after the deadly typhoon. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Barangay Anibong

Houses of informal settlers that were virtually wiped out in Barangay Anibong, one of the hardest hit by the storm surge from Cancabato Bay, are back six years after the deadly typhoon. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Barangay Anibong top

Barangay Anibong became the poster image of destruction in Tacloban City when ships ran aground during the storm surge, sweeping houses along the way. Six years later, informal settlers have mushroomed back in the area despite being declared a No- Build Zone. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Barangay Anibong top

Barangay Anibong became the poster image of destruction in Tacloban City when ships ran aground during the storm surge, sweeping houses along the way. Six years later, informal settlers have mushroomed back in the area despite being declared a No- Build Zone. Fernando G. Sepe Jr./Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News