Remembering Haiyan One Year After Landfall

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of when Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in history, made landfall on the Philippines.

During the first week of November in 2013, Haiyan went down in the record books as one of the most powerful typhoons in recorded history. At peak intensity, the super typhoon had sustained winds of 170 knots (195 mph) with gusts to 205 knots (235 mph).

The Philippines took a direct hit from Haiyan when it was near its peak intensity, making landfall on Nov. 8, 2013.

Before dawn on Saturday, Reuters said that more than 5,000 people holding white balloons and candles mournfully walked around the regional capital Tacloban City.

Another ceremony in the central Philippine city of Tacloban included church bells pealing and sirens wailing to commemorate the moment when Haiyan barreled inland from the Pacific, according to the Associated Press.

This was just a few of the many ceremonies held to remember the more than 6,300 people who lost their lives from this catastrophic typhoon.

According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Leister, many of the deaths were caused by drowning and collapsed buildings.

In addition to the deaths in the Philippines, Haiyan went on to impact Vietnam and southern China where it claimed an additional 21 lives.

Fortunately, Haiyan had weakened significantly by the time that it impacted these countries.

The overall damage was estimated at 581.1 billion pesos ($12.9 billion), including about 16 million knocked-down coconut trees, a major source of livelihood, according to the Associated Press.