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Typhoon survivors rebuild lives

Almost half a year on from the devastating effects of typhoon Haiyan, citizens of Tacloban in the Philippines are continuing to rebuild their lives and community. Their efforts have taken on greater significance and intensity during Holy Week, with many attending religious services and activities despite the widespread destitution. More than 6,000 people died when the typhoon struck the coast, and many more were left homeless. Electricity and housing continue to be a major problem, with many residents still living in temporary accommodation.

Typhoon survivors rebuild lives
Volunteers help to build new permanent housing for residents effected by the 'No Build' zones on April 16, 2014 in Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attend religious activities. (Getty Images)
Typhoon survivors rebuild lives
A destroyed car and statue are seen on a property on April 16, 2014 in Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attend religious activities. (Getty Images)
Typhoon survivors rebuild lives
People fix the roof of a house on April 16, 2014 in Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attend religious activities. (Getty Images)
Typhoon survivors rebuild lives
People eat breakfast in a temporary tent city on April 16, 2014 in Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attend religious activities. (Getty Images)
Typhoon survivors rebuild lives
A woman tends to the gravesite of a loved one at the makeshift mass grave site at San Joaquin Parish on April 16, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attend religious activities. (Getty Images)
Typhoon survivors rebuild lives
Jonna Lizette C. Modesto lights candles at the gravesite of her 5-year old brother John Reyneud C. Modesto watched on by her father Anastacio S. Modesto III at the makeshift mass grave site at San Joaquin Parish on April 16, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attend religious activities. (Getty Images)
Typhoon survivors rebuild lives
Crosses and personal items are seen at the makeshift mass grave site at San Joaquin Parish on April 16, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attend religious activities. (Getty Images)
Typhoon survivors rebuild lives
Children play amongst houses in a temporary bunk house complex on April 16, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attend religious activities. (Getty Images)
Typhoon survivors rebuild lives
Workers weigh scrap metal at a junkyard on April 16, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Scrap metal and wood from damaged homes is being sold and recycled at cheap prices assisting people to rebuild their homes. People continue to rebuild their lives five months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. Although many businesses and services are functioning, electricity and housing continue to be the main issues, with many residents still living in temporary housing conditions due to 'No Build' areas preventing them from rebuilding their homes. This week marks Holy Week across the Philippines and will see many people attend religious activities. (Getty Images)