On November 10, approximately 58 hours after Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the central Philippines, my team from Mammoth Medical Missions climbed out of a pair of Philippine Air Force Sokol helicopters onto a debris-strewn beach just south of the Municipality of Tanauan.
A crowd of survivors—desperate for food, water, and medical care—was assembled there. Four flights eventually ferried our group of 16 doctors and nurses and more than 35 bags of medical supplies and equipment from what was at the time a mere skeleton airport at Tacloban, 30 miles north.
Ours was the first relief team of any kind to arrive. These original and never-before-published photos show some of what we saw and experienced over the following four days, as we did what we could to establish a functioning field hospital on the second floor of a storm-ravaged town hall.
More photos and a full, feature-length article are forthcoming at TakePart.com.
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