By Amanda L. Andrei
There’s no denying that the city of Tacloban is a busy, noisy hub. The constant sounds of sawing, drilling, and hammering mingle with traffic and the occasional thunderclap as the city rebuilds its infrastructure.
With more than 200,000 residents, this city on the island of Leyte in the Philippines became the focus of the international community a year ago when the region was struck by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda). The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center in the Philippines reports that Haiyan took the lives of over 6,000 people, affected more than 16 million people, and cost upwards of 888 million USD in damages to roads, health facilities, schools, and agriculture.