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From Manila to Samar island, helping each other in the Philippines

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the village of Hernani
Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the village of Hernani Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay
By: Rosslyn Hyams
7 min

In the Philippines, in the wake of typhoon Haiyan and the subsequent storm, survivors are still struggling. Some 5,600 people have been confirmed dead, and close to 1,800 are missing. The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says it will take three to five years before life is back to normal. Given the scale of the problem, some individuals are organising their own relief operations in a gesture of solidarity. Among them is Christina Espiritu who, with her husband and assisted by a family member abroad, raised money, bought supplies and trekked across the country from Manila to deliver it to Llorente on Samar Island. 

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