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Filipino artists paint murals of typhoon devastation to mark one year anniversary

Friday, November 07, 2014 - 00:44

Artists in Tacloban City paint the walls of a public cemetery as a reminder of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation nearly one year ago. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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A cemetery in the central Philippines is covered in a series of murals depicting images of devastation and recovery after Typhoon Haiyan hit nearly one year ago. Local artists were commissioned by the government of Tacloban to paint murals on the walls of a public cemetery fronting a busy highway where dozens of victims of Typhoon Haiyan are buried. Typhoon Haiyan wiped out or damaged practically everything in its path as it swept ashore on November 8, 2013, with seven-metre storm surges destroying around 90 percent of the city of Tacloban in Leyte province. The category five typhoon killed or left missing close to 8,000 people and displaced as many as four million. The artists said the project was to serve as a reminder of what had happened, the loved-ones lost, to help the community in their recovery and inspire awareness of the effects of climate change. The Philippines, which sees an average of 20 typhoons a year, is planning to build typhoon-resilient structures and to relocate residents living in danger zones to areas considered safer based on studies by local and international organisations. Philippine President Benigno Aquino has approved a $3.74 billion six-year master plan, a few weeks before the first year anniversary, to rebuild housing, social services and public infrastructure. The government has released about 51.9 billion pesos ($1.15 billion) for the initial recovery work, but only 450 homes will be completed and ready for displaced families by the first year anniversary of the typhoon.

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Filipino artists paint murals of typhoon devastation to mark one year anniversary

Friday, November 07, 2014 - 00:44