Flipping the script on disaster

When typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last fall, Sandra Borgueta could do little but sit in front of her computer and watch. At school in Seoul, South Korea, Borgueta was well out of harm’s way, but her family was not. As the Category 5 storm made landfall on November 8, 2013, her hometown of Tacloban was battered by winds that reached speeds over 300 kilometres per hour. The storm surge raised the sea by nearly four metres, and the city, the capital of Leyte province, was submerged one kilometre inland.

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