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NOAA satellite image of Typhoon Haiyan
NOAA satellite image of Typhoon Haiyan shown approaching the Philippines.

Earlier this month Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), one of the strongest tropical storms ever recorded, swept through portions of the Philippines. Over 5000 people lost their lives, and the damage to homes and infrastructure is massive. Natural hazards research is an integral part of geography, and, as geographers, we are aware of the short- and long-term impacts that a natural disaster of this magnitude has on individuals, families, and communities, and we recognize the many challenges facing the Philippines as it rebuilds from Typhoon Haiyan.

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