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Six months after Typhoon Haiyan, Filipino rebuilds his life and helps others

Published on May 7, 2014 11:12 AM

The last time we met in December, Mr Pete Lacandazo was lying on a wooden cot in a tiny shanty he had put up on the site where his house once stood.

There really was little else for him to do, except wait for his next ration of rice, water, sardines and noodles. For most of the day, he lay or sat on his cot, staring at rubble and brooding over his tremendous loss.

While everyone in his home town of Palo knew someone who died the day super typhoon Haiyan struck on Nov 8 last year, no one seemed to have lost as much as Mr Lacandazo.

That day, in the wee hours of the morning, 22 members of his family perished. Only he, his son, a son-in-law and three grandchildren survived.

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