Music for Relief is currently visiting the city of Tacloban in the Philippines to see the progress made after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November, 2013.
Day 1: Music for Relief arrives in the city of Tacloban. The damage from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) is immediately visible at the airport; the terminal has no walls, pieces of the roof are missing and exposed, tarps cover some of the damage. Even the baggage carousel is still inoperable; workers offload the bags by hand.
Areas surrounding the airport as well as the eastern side of Tacloban city were hardest hit. It was estimated that 90% of the city was destroyed. Over six months after the disaster, there is still work to be done.
Our first stop was a visit with All Hands Volunteers to see their current shelter project in Santo Niño. All Hands is building 60 transitional shelters for families displaced from the storm; they can build one of these shelters in 13 days. Made primarily of recycled wood from downed coconut trees, the shelters are strong enough to withstand winds from future typhoons or storms.