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In Pics: Year after Typhoon Haiyan, some move on, others agonize

India TV News Desk November 08, 2014 12:38 IST
India TV News Desk

Tacloban:  Four months after she lost her husband and home to Typhoon Haiyan's fury, Agnes Bacsal gave birth to their sixth child - a sprightly boy, whose company has eased the family's pain.

Other survivors, like fisherman Ben Pedrero, still struggle. His wife and son perished in the monster storm and more than 40 other relatives are still missing.

"In just a blink of an eye, they were all gone," the 61-year-old Pedrero said. "I'll only overcome this tragedy when I die myself," he added, wiping tears with his shirt as he helped relatives roast a pig and prepare food for the disaster's anniversary.

On Saturday, as church bells pealed and sirens wailed across this central Philippine city to commemorate the moment when Haiyan barreled inland from the Pacific, Bacsal and Pedrero were planning to light candles and offer prayers at separate mass graves in Tacloban. By the time the typhoon had leveled entire villages with ferocious winds and tsunami-like waves, more than 7,300 were dead or missing.