Carried by Water is a series that explores stories revolving around water as a force of nature, a resource, and a pillar of well-being. This season, we’re focusing on stories from the ten years since Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda hit the central Philippines. Haiyan / Yolanda remains one of the strongest and costliest storms ever recorded, with up to 20-ft (6-m) tall storm surges, more than 6,000 known casualties, millions of people displaced, and up to 15 billion USD in damages.
Season One, "Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda, 10 Years On” explores the socio-cultural legacies, scientific advances, and political lessons learned in the decade since the disaster through field-based research and the development of multimedia stories. The research team will conduct interviews among affected communities in Leyte and Samar islands, as well as with technical experts in government institutions, disaster practitioners, and academia. The team will examine long-term public and scientific framings about Haiyan/ Yolanda and how it relates to ideas of home, nation, resilience, diaspora, global change, and local futures.
The project will result in a podcast series complemented by a virtual gallery and scholarly articles. Through these parallel explorations, the project will distill important lessons learned from this complex disaster.
Season 1: Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda, 10 Years On
Episode 1: “A Cluster of Clouds over the Pacific”
What was it like to forecast a history-making super typhoon that experts described as “off the scale” and “the most powerful storm to ever make landfall”? Super-typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Central Philippines ten years ago today. In this inaugural episode of Carried by Water, we hear from PAGASA, the Philippine weather agency, about how Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) compelled forecasters to break institutional protocols to warn the public in time and posed novel challenges for communicating the impending storm's severity. We also learn from risk communication researcher Inez Ponce de Leon about what the diverse communities in Haiyan's path most needed from official warnings, and with climate scientist Jane Delfino we contemplate the future of extreme weather in a world shaped by climate change.
Created and hosted by Mario Soriano with research, writing and production support from Patrick Jaojoco and Braeden Carroll. Mixed by Braeden Carroll. Carried by Water is a production of Blue Lab with support from Princeton University.
Sincere thanks to Kouvenda Media for their partnership on this project.
Episode 1 Media
Guiuan weather station before and immediately after Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda made landfall, November 2013. Photos courtesy of Marianito Macasa.