Typhoon hits the Philippines

Women share an umbrella as they look at the mess.  PHOTO: MANSINIDES / CC, FLICKR

Women share an umbrella as they look at the mess.
PHOTO: MANSINIDES / CC, FLICKR

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
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A typhoon hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013.

It is the worst typhoon in the history of the Philippines. The typhoon was called Haiyan.

The typhoon brought huge winds and rain.

Authorities expect to find 10,000 or more dead. About 700,000 people lost their homes. Altogether, about 9.7 million people are affected.

The typhoon destroyed most of the city of Tacloban.

“I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged – every single building, every single house,” says U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy.

People wander the streets in Tacloban, Philippines.  PHOTO:  NOVE FOTO DA FIRENZE

People wander the streets in Tacloban, Philippines.
PHOTO: NOVE FOTO DA FIRENZE

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Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Help is arriving. Shelter kits are loaded onto trucks. PHOTO: DFID--UK DEPT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEV/ CC, FLICKR

Help is arriving. Shelter kits are loaded onto trucks.
PHOTO: DFID–UK DEPT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEV/ CC, FLICKR

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What is it like after the typhoon?

The cities have little food and water.

People are hungry and thirsty.

People are searching for food and water.

They have no shelter.

Doctors are desperate for medicines.

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Local publisher wins international prize

A shorter version of this story appears in the November, 2013 edition of The Westcoast Reader

Harbinder Singh Sewak  PHOTO: WAYNE LEIDENFROST / THE PROVINCE

Harbinder Singh Sewak
PHOTO: WAYNE LEIDENFROST / THE PROVINCE

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Harbinder Singh Sewak won the 2013 prize for media at the World Sikh Awards.

The World Sikh Awards honour the good work of Sikhs around the world.

Sewak is the first Canadian to win a World Sikh Award.

Sewak publishes newspapers in Vancouver. The newspapers he publishes are the Asian Pacific Post, the South Asian Post and the Filipino Post.

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