Stories of building back better after Yolanda, told by ADB Consultants & Partners

Friday, August 22, 2014

Getting a sense of who we need to help

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Our Day 2 at "ground zero" - Tacloban - and thankfully we got a chance to roam around nearby ruins, if only to get a better sense of the urgency of what we as a team need to do for this project.

Our beneficiary locations have of course already been identified by our (at least one) implementing partners, and they're scattered around the main islands of Samar and Leyte. But, if only for us to realize how devastated everyone in this region is, we went to see some areas in the city.

Lumps in the throat... but we have got to realize we need strength and even stronger willpower to be able to stand and help. Wailing is out of the question for us now. It's even considered passe for folks in the humanitarian agencies!



Here are those ships that came to land anyway...

This one came all the way from down the sea unto this sidewalk blocking just a little bit of the way.


M/V Eva Jocelyn rammed thru many houses below/behind this area, until it was stopped by the concrete pavement at this elevation - high up and far away from the (normal) sea-level


There are other places, where people say, some bodies are still buried under the ships... but let me not go there anymore. I believe them.

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