Philippines

Philippines – Yolanda took it away

Coconut trees and basketball court destroyed by super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

The sheer wind force of super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) destroyed more than 90% of the palm trees in its path. Coconut farmers will be devoid of their regular income during the next eight to ten years.

Philippines – stranded ships after Yolanda (Haiyan)

stranded ship Ligaya V

This ship had slaughterhouse waste on board, which annoyed the neighbours quite a bit. In tropical temperatures rotting meat in these quantities constitutes a massive health problem. Actually it is not the meat itself, but rats and flies that feed and breed on it. I wonder if it was an angry neighbour who set the bridge on fire?

Tacloban, a sunny day on Santo Niño dumpsite

scavengers on a waste dumpsite

A sunny day on Santo Niño (Holy Child) dumpsite in Tacloban. How many people can you find in this photograph?

Philippines – stranded ships after Yolanda (Haiyan)

Stranded ship ended up near oil tanks

This ship nearly caused another disaster in the barangay of Anibong in Tacloban, as it was nearly washed into a huge tank farm. The brown tarpaulin on the right covers a section where the ship ran into the berm and damaged it heavily.

Philippines – stranded ships after Yolanda (Haiyan)

Stranded ship in Tacloban

This is one of the twelve ships stranded in Tacloban City.

It was washed ashore by super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Anibong, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Tacloban. Built by the waterfront, Anibong was totally destroyed when a total of eight freighter ships tore through it and ran aground.

We managed to coordinate and clarify the procedures with the local authorities, to avoid conditions as in the notorious shipbreaking beaches in Bangladesh or India. Shipbreaking sets free a mixture of hazardous materials, such as asbestos, PCBs, PAHs, lead, and many others.

According to the authorities, the ships will be towed back to sea, to be repaired in Philippine ship yards. As I will stay here long enough, I will post updates of the efforts.

Philippines – Yolanda/Haiyan wind damage

Collapsed roof of Palo Convention Centre near Tacloban, Philippines

The force of the winds of super-typhoon Yolanda with top wind speeds of over 350 km/h were so strong that roofs were converted into wings and flew away. As a consequence, the supporting structure of roof of the Palo Convention Centre near Tacloban, Philippines came down, damaging the conrete massively. The building is structurally unsafe and earmarked for demolition.