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A student inside the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila prepares disaster relief packages before distributing them after a typhoon hit Nov. 7. The Pacific nation faces an enormous rebuilding task from Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda. (Reuters photo)

Battered by Haiyan

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In early November, Typhoon Haiyan tore through Southeast Asia killing thousands and wreaking billions of dollars in damage. Among the areas most devastated was the central island of Leyte in the Philippines — home to several relatives of Red Wing’s Charito Abando-Norman.

“It was hit pretty hard,” Abando-Norman said. “They literally have nothing.”

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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