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Philippines. Province Eastern Samar. Hernani. Jaworski High School destroyed by typhoon Haiyan's winds and storm surge. A family whose house was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan lives in a made-up ground sheet tent. The smiling face of Mikee Gojungco, Mother Advocate, Child Rights Ambassador for the Non-governmental organization (NGO) Plan Phiippines. Laudry drying on a rope. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated the Philippines. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall in terms of wind speed. Typhoon Haiyan's casualties and destructions occured during a powerful storm surge, an offshore rise of water associated with a low pressure weather system. Storm surges are caused primarily by high winds pushing on the ocean's surface. The wind causes the water to pile up higher than the ordinary sea level. 24.11.13 © 2013 Didier Ruef