Anno Yolanda

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Joe lives in Palo and I arrange to meet him there so I find a bus. The road to Palo runs south along the coast. It was the communities along this road which took the greatest impact of the storm. Having seen pictures of the worst of the damage, the severity of the damage is not now what strikes me. It’s the extent of it. The road to Palo is an unbroken line of all types of buildings: houses, shops, offices, factories and municipal buildings. Barely a single building along the ten-mile journey is in one piece. Many are simply completely wrecked. The larger buildings obviously stand out. One is the Convention Centre. It’s right on the seafront. Because of its size, many people evacuated here during Yolanda. Because of its position, it was completely overcome by the 50ft waves which battered everything on the coastline. Everyone who sheltered there…

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