Typhoon Haiyan: Tour a street devastated by the storm

Map showing the path of Typhoon Haiyan

Coastal towns and communities across the central Philippines were left devastated by Typhoon Haiyan - one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall.

Almost 6,000 people lost their lives in last month's storm, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, which brought winds of up to 275 km/h (170 mph) and waves as high as 15m (45ft).

Here, residents of Esperance Avenue in the port city of Tacloban, one of the worst-affected areas, remember the moment the storm hit and speak about how they are trying to rebuild their lives.

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  • Nimfa Martinez

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    Nimfa, 48, a self-employed trader, is living in the ruins of her house and surviving on scarce aid supplies with her husband Edgar Sabido. Click on the gallery below to see inside her home and learn how she survived the storm.

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  • Diana de Jesus

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    Diana, 37, a self-employed seamstress, took refuge upstairs at her home when the storm struck. She is now considering moving to a safer place.

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  • Josefina Balderiani

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    Josefina, 65, a retired municipal health officer, feels saddened by what has happened to her community, but she is determined to live the rest of her life in her family home.

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  • Erwin Colinares

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    Erwin, 52, a security officer at Tacloban's City Hall Hospital, was swept away by the waves created by the typhoon. He is still looking for some members of his family.

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  • Laarni Magcaling

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    Laarni, 29, a self-employed food trader, thought her husband had been killed when he left the evacuation centre to look for her elderly father. However, they were reunited later and are living with 19 other people in a damaged house near their old home.

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  • Remedios Campos

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    Remedios, 50, a civilian worker at Tacloban Central Fire Station, has been surviving on what little food she stored at home before the typhoon struck. She and her sister feared for their lives as the water flooded into her home.

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  • Liani Martinez Modelo

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    Liani, 49, an aquarium business secretary, and her family fled to the roof of their house on the day the typhoon struck. Her youngest son Wilfred (bottom right) rescued her parents and many others from the floodwaters.

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Photography and interviews by Magali Corouge

Produced by Andreia Paralta Carqueija, Lucy Rodgers, Sarah Shenker and Marcelo Zanni

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