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    Posted November 30, 2013 by
    rvmitra
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    Tacloban, Philippines
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Typhoon Haiyan: Your stories

    rvmitra and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Typhoon Haiyan's impact
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    San Jose, Tacloban

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     As soon as rvmitra arrived in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, he hopped on the back of a Toyota Hilux and began filming.
    "In the four days that I covered this place two weeks after Typhoon Yolanda made landfall in the Province of Leyte, I cannot help but be teary eyed no matter how hard I try to control my emotions," he says.
    He says there is unimaginable destruction that cannot be captured by a camera. "The stench of bodies that are still below the debris, the silence of the city, the heavy heart and the trauma that survivors are dealing with right now - these things cannot be captured by the camera."
    Despite the damage, rvmitra is impressed by the resilience of the residents. "The people I have talked to - in spite of everything they lost - can still manage to smile and hope for a better future. Residents hoist the Philippine flag in various areas, as a symbol of strength," he says.
    - PM91, CNN iReport producer

    View of San Jose, Tacloban 13 days after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) struck the Philippines. Recorded last Nov. 21, 2013, this video shows the extent of damage that the said supertyphoon has caused to the city capital of Leyte Province, destroying homes, structures, and livelihood. A massive amount of debris needs to be immediately cleared.
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