After the wave: one year on from Typhoon Haiyan

Tess McClure

Leslie, 24, lives with his daughter in Yolanda Village: a no-man's land between the city and the sea. Leslie, 24, lives with his daughter in Yolanda Village: a no-man’s land between the city and the sea.

 

The strongest tropical storm ever recorded devastated the Philippines last year. On the anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, Tess McClure travels to the epicenter of the damage to see what has changed and what the New Zealand presence in the area has been.

Leslie still remembers the wave.

He remembers the sound of it, most of all. The sound of his friends, calling out around him in the dark.

He still dreams some nights of their voices out in the water, he says. Wakes up on hot black nights and hears people calling for help.

“I dream of shouting people. I do not know where they are right now. I know they are gone.”

He remembers looking back and seeing ships, riding the wave as it rushed into shore, above the houses, above…

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