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November 11th, 2013
04:25 PM ET

Typhoon survivor: The beauty of the Philippines endures

The pounding rain was relentless, and the wind was so strong, it sounded like someone crying.

"I felt like this is it, I'm going to die," said Shirley Lim, who survived Super Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines Friday.

Lim lives in the city of Coron, located in northern Palawan, an island province. Now that the typhoon has passed, she said the city is getting help, receiving food and water.

Inadequate infrastructure has been a long-term problem in Coron, where most of the houses are made of bamboo, and do not have roofs, said Lim. But while many in the city lost their homes, few lost their lives; Lim said so far, just six souls were lost to the storm.

Many evacuees are already returning to their homes, and the city hopes to rebuild, said Lim.

"The beauty of Coron, of course, is still there," said Lim. Maybe the typhoon was "a warning sign that we have to protect and conserve our natural resources."

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