On 4 December 2012, typhoon Bopha, locally known as typhoon Pablo ripped through the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It was the first typhoon for the agricultural provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, leaving them ill-prepared for the devastation left by flash floods and heavy winds. One month after the storm, hundreds of thousands of residents dependent on aid struggle to rebuild, with livelihood at a standstill after plantations were decimated. The national government has put the total death toll from Pablo at 1,067 bodies, with over 800 still missing.
What was left of Isla Poo after typhoon Pablo ravaged the island off the coast of Kinaplangan Davao Oriental December 12, 2012
A man takes a break from scavenging properties on from his home in Isla Poo, Kinaplangan Davao Oriental December 12, 2012.
Men climb up washed up logs as they look for bodies to be recovered in New Bataan, Compostella Valley on December 7, 2012.
Recovered cadavers are left along a dirt road to be identified by family members in New Bataan Compostella Valley December 8, 2012
A playground by a school destroyed by the effects of Typhoon Pablo in New Bataan Compostella Valley December 22, 2013.