Born amid the chaos

Born amid the chaos
In this photo taken on February 15, 2014, Typhoon Haiyan survivor Emily Sagalis holds her child in airport building where she gave birth shortly after the storm.

In the savage aftermath of the Philippines' deadliest storm, an exhausted young woman gave birth to a girl on a filthy floor with little more than determination to sustain them.

Mrs Emily Sagalis survived Super Typhoon Haiyan by gripping a fence with one hand, while using the other to protect her swollen belly from chunks of metal and other fast-floating debris on Nov 8 last year.

Three days later, the 21-year-old was lying on a concrete floor in labour amid broken glass, splintered wood and other wreckage of a destroyed airport building that had been turned into a makeshift medical centre.

She and her child, Bea Joy, defeated death and today, the first-time mother is striving to create lives of security and happiness on top of the weakest foundations.

"I am happy that Bea Joy is happy and healthy. That's the most important thing," Mrs Sagalis told AFP.

The home she shares with Bea Joy and her unemployed husband, Jobert, is so close to the Pacific Ocean that the grey sand beach forms the floor of their tiny kitchen and sleeping area.

Thousands of people have returned to San Jose, a fishing community in Tacloban, and neighbouring towns to live in crudely-built homes, or in tents from the United Nations' Refugee Agency.

The couple and their child have so far had a steady supply of food and water, thanks almost entirely to donations from foreign and local charities.

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