1 month on, progress in Philippine typhoon zone

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Associated Press

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 3:03 AM

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — One month since Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the central Philippines, there are signs of progress mixed with reminders of the scale of the disaster.

The government is back at work, and markets are laden with fruits, pork, fish and bread. The sounds of a city getting back on its feet fill the air: the roar of trucks hauling debris, the scrape of shovel along pavement, the ping of hammer on nails.

But bodies are still being uncovered from beneath the debris in the hardest hit city of Tacloban. Tens of thousands are living amid the ruins of their former lives, underneath shelters made from scavenged materials and handouts.

Haiyan plowed through Tacloban and other coastal areas, leaving over 5,700 dead and more than 1,700 missing. Some 4 million people were displaced.

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