Six months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated the Visayas region of the Philippines, the situation on the ground remains precarious as many of the affected communities are living and sleeping on rough ground. Channel NewsAsia’s Augustine Anthuvan travelled along the coastline of Samar island to see the living conditions up-close.

In Barangay Santa Cruz, Giporlos of Eastern Samar – 57 shelters are being built. Even though the village is on elevated ground – nearly all the houses were badly damaged. The survivors have to endure soaring heat during the day and very wet conditions during rainy days. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Philippine Red Cross are stepping up the shelter programme – building storm-resilient houses for the most affected families in Samar island.



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