On an endless scene of apocalyptic images of destruction, rubble and death, it seems hard to understand that these islands are the destination of many a traveller, looking for the tropical paradise of intangible dreams.
This is the story and images from the battlefield Haiyan left behind. From endless fields of broken palm trees, from villages transformed into piles of rubble, families, individuals and children are returning to ground zero – or what used to be called home. Some return to rebuild, some search for belongings or loved ones buried under the rubble. Often the search continues in a smell of decay under the burning sun and high humidity, bringing the public health situation at risk.
Village of Tolosa, Leyte Province, Philippines. The second site where Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall. With sustained wind speeds of 250 km/t vast areas of coconut farming were destroyed leaving an apocalyptic wasteland behind.