"When Typhoon Haiyan struck the South East coast of the Philippines on November 8, 2013, it devastated entire communities – tearing apart thousands of homes and destroying livelihoods. We worked with the humanitarian relief organization Medair to carry out damage assessments, identify safe land for relocations and to take stock of recovery efforts."

Typhoon Haiyan made landfall just south of Dulag, known as ‘Liberation Town’. Dulag is a settlement of 50,000 residents, located 36 km (22 miles) south of the administrative capital of Leyte island, Tacloban.

A key priority for Medair was to to assess environmental damage. For instance, many trees had either been decapitated by the typhoon or completely uprooted, with whole forests completely wiped out in some areas. The white lines shown here are uprooted coconut trees, which form the livelihood of many Dulag municipality residents.

In all, Drone Adventures created 2D base maps and 3D models of Dulag, Julita, and Taclobán municipalities to assess typhoon damage and shelter reconstruction. The map here shows the full imagery and a recommended area for temporary relocation.