2014 Photo Contest, General News, Stories, 1st prize

Typhoon Haiyan

Photographer

Chris McGrath

Getty Images

17 November, 2013

Two women pray in a damaged parish church, following Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Vasayas region of central Philippines, on 8 November. It was the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, claiming over 6,200 lives and displacing more than four million people. The eastern islands of Leyte and Samar were the worst affected, with storm surges, high winds and torrential rain causing catastrophic damage to homes and infrastructure.  The extent of the destruction meant relief work was slow.

About the photographer

Chris McGrath

Chris McGrath started his photography career at a regional newspaper in Queensland, Australia. After completing his newspaper cadetship and a diploma in photography, he joined...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/80
Focal length
24.0 mm
F-Stop
3.2
ISO
200
Camera
Canon EOS-1D X

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