Philippine city overwhelmed by task of burying typhoon victims
In Tacloban, the Philippine city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan, hundreds of bodies are hastily buried in a long trench. More corpses lie in the streets or still covered by rubble.
In a hilltop cemetery, a truck stacked high with body bags backed up to a yawning trench. With no time for ceremony, police and firefighters wearing face masks and plastic gloves unloaded the bags and placed them in a communal grave.
A week after one of the strongest typhoons on record swept through the central Philippines, the task of burying the dead remains in full gear here in Tacloban, the hardest-hit city.
Some bodies still lie in the streets. Other corpses remain buried under towering piles of rubble.Overwhelmed by the scale of devastation, government officials here took several days to assemble the workers and equipment necessary to undertake the grim task.
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This is an illustration how fragile and dependent on humanity has become on fossil fuels for burials. Without a backhoe digging a trench like the one in the picture is not a easy task.