In Photos: Remembering Supertyphoon Yolanda

Four years ago, on November 8, 2013, Supertyphoon Yolanda ravaged the Philippine islands. In Cebu, the typhoon pummeled the coastal areas and the northern towns of Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Camotes, Bogo, San Remigio, and Medellin. Considered the strongest typhoon to date to hit the country, Yolanda destroyed homes and infrastructure, displaced thousands of families, and took the lives of thousands of people.

This week, in photos, let us revisit the aftermath of the biggest natural catastrophe to ever hit the Philippines in recent memory.


After the Typhoon

Here are some photos of Cebu City a few hours after the Supertyphoon made landfall.

The Fuente Osmeña skywalk


Residents leaving the Cebu Provincial Capitol after the typhoon


A fallen tree destroyed a portion of the Fuente perimeter fence


The 2013 Christmas Tree at Fuente Osmeña


Sandbags placed on streets at the Cebu Business Park


Perimeter fence of the U/C Ayala Center Cebu phase 2


An age-old tree near the Magellan’s Cross kiosk



More aftermath photos from SkyScraperCity-Cebu


Evacuation and the Great North Cebu Drive

People from nearby provinces started arriving in Cebu a few days after the tragedy. One of the busiest receiving centers was the Tinago Evacuation Center.


And Cebuanos didn’t rely on fund-raising campaigns to help their fellow Cebuanos in need. The weekend after the supertyphoon, thousands braved the heavy traffic (the tail end beginning in Liloan) to the northern end of the island to distribute relief goods. Trucks and private vehicles carrying medicine, water, and food slowly made their way towards Northern Cebu This has now been called the Great North Cebu Drive.


Street signs asking for help seen along the highway


Residents wait for help along the road


Destoyed homes and structures in Northern Cebu


Residents line up for medical treatment outside the Bogo Hospital


The heavily-damaged town church of San Remigio


Road to Medellin, Cebu


Medellin town’s roofless sports center


What remains of a house in Medellin


The Curva, Medellin tree after Yolanda


Residents receiving donations from fellow Cebuanos


A private vehicle stopping to distribute goods in Medellin


Residents receiving relief goods from various organizations



Special thanks to SSC-Cebu and Leylander of MyCebuPhotoBlog.com for the photos!

Do you have Yolanda photos or experiences that you want to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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