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50,000 candles line roads for Yolanda anniversary

TOLOSA (Agencies) : Almost two years after super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) pummeled the Central Visayas, the massive death toll is still deeply imprinted on the hearts and minds of local people.

Although the government pegged the official death toll from the super typhoon at 6,300 with 1,061 missing and unaccounted for, forensic experts claim the actual number of deaths is closer to 18,000, including missing victims, three times higher than the official estimate.

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Reflection on typhoon recovery takes out book award

DAVAO (UCAN) : A book of reflections and personal experiences penned by Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar, who worked with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, has won two awards at this year’s Manila International Book Fair.

Desperately Seeking God’s Saving Action: Yolanda Survivors’ Hope Beyond Heartbreaking Lamentations, won the spirituality and ministry categories of the Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards, held over the weekend of September 19 and 20.

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More scraps over typhoon aid

PALO (UCAN) : Almost two years after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, survivors continue to point to government failure to deliver assistance.

“The government clearly does not have the heart for us, the children of the storm,” Dean Lacandazo, a spokesperson for People Surge, an alliance of typhoon victims, said after some 500 boats, which were supposed to be distributed to fishing communities in the area, were found rotting in a coastal village near Palo.

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Bishop’s ordination a shot in arm for typhoon survivors

PALO (Agencies) : The ordination of a new bishop from the typhoon-

devastated province of Leyte has buoyed the spirits of disaster victims, UCAN reported.

Hundreds of priests and Church personnel attended the ordination of Father Oscar Florencio as a bishop on September 4 at the Palo Metropolitan Cathedral, where Pope Francis met with disaster victims during his visit to The Philippines in January.