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STORIES FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD

Each year, many countries are affected by natural disasters. It does not matter if you are from a developed country or a developing country. As they say, natural disasters are a great equalizer. It affects everyone –both the developing and developed countries. But the difference lies in their ability to rise up from the debilitating effects of these natural disasters. As expected, those from developed countries can rise up immediately after being struck by a calamity because they have the resources to rebuild anew. While those from developing countries take a long time to recover from the effects of a disaster. Let us take for example the case of the Philippines. The Philippines experienced one of the worst natural disasters in history when Super Typhoon Yolanda with an international name Typhoon Haiyan ravaged different regions of the country. Haiyan is one of the strongest typhoons not just in the Philippines but all over the world. It struck many provinces and many of their residents were low-income families. They lived in houses made of lightweight materials. They lived along the coastal area. This made them vulnerable to the effects of the typhoon. When Typhoon Haiyan hit their villages, their houses were washed away by the storm surge – taking with it precious lives, properties and sources of income. Typhoon Haiyan claimed thousands of lives and left the survivors with virtually nothing – they did not have a roof over their head and they did not have food or any means to provide for their needs. They relied on the government and aid of various humanitarian organizations that extended assistance upon hearing the news of what happened to them. They were given temporary shelter, relief goods, food, and financial assistance. And it is unfortunate that almost five years after Typhoon Haiyan, these people are still having a hard time getting back on their feet. They continue to bear the effects of that disastrous moment.

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