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external “Seven Days of Tragedy: Photographer Recounts Covering Typhoon Haiyan” —TIME LightBox

I arrived in Tacloban, the city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan, just as desperate families were trying to flee… Located on a thin peninsula, it had been slammed on both sides by huge surges of water and battered by some of the highest wind speeds ever recorded on land. Filipino military and U.S. Air Force personnel were ferrying aid, trying their best to control the crowds as survivors scrambled to board any available flight.

The next day I set out to capture the destruction of the city and surrounding area. The scope and magnitude of the physical damage was staggering as was the misery of the people I encountered. They were desperate for food, water, shelter and a way out.

 
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