November 8th, 2013 this woman clambered up her staircase, waves licking her heels all the way, as the storm surge of Yolanda poured into her seafront home. When every square inch of the first floor was filled with water and debris and began to make its way into the second floor bedrooms, she decided it would be best to make the difficult climb to the attic to ensure her safety.
Here she pauses mid-story as she recalls that when the waves rolled back out the front door and windows, it permanently took with it the lives of two of her family members.
Photo by M. Thomas Duggan
Photography for the Philippines