Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread destruction in parts of the Philippines when it tore through on Friday. One of the hardest-hit areas was the city of Tacloban and its more than 220,000 residents. “Virtually all of the structures, if they were not made out of concrete or steel, are gone,” a top U.S. military commander said.
These satellite images from Google and DigitalGlobe show how Tacloban and the Anibong district looked in February 2012 and then two days after Haiyan made landfall.
A view of part of the urban port city of Tacloban. Boats, buildings and trees featured in the 2012 image are wiped out in the second image, taken Sunday. Some 2,000 people are thought to have perished in Tacloban.
In the Anibong district of Tacloban, roads, docks and homes along the coastline have been demolished by the typhoon.
Anibong’s Panalaron Bay Coast
The force of Typhoon Haiyan drove cargo ships onto land on Anibong’s northeast shore where houses and buildings once stood.
This 2012 image of part of Tacloban shows the location of the Anibong district (spit of land in upper left) in relation to downtown.