‘Life goes on’: Long road for super typhoon Yolanda survivors
The Philippines’ catastrophic Super Typhoon Haiyan stole almost everything from Juvilyn Luana and Joel Aradana — their spouses, children and homes — but in each other they found love and the strength to start a new family.
“No matter how many storms hit us, we are still hopeful because life goes on,” Luana told AFP, cradling the couple’s one-year-old baby boy. “It’s hard to lose hope because there are many things we are looking forward to.”
The pair were among the survivors AFP interviewed after the storm, and has now followed up on for the fifth anniversary of the deadliest recorded typhoon to hit the disaster-prone country.
For those who survived the storm, the intervening years have been filled with painful steps forward, but also, a determination to not give up despite overwhelming challenges….
The Rhine, a Lifeline of Germany, Is Crippled by Drought
Just after sunrise, Capt. Frank Sep turned to his ship’s radio for the defining news of his day: the water level in Kaub, the shallowest part of the middle section of the Rhine, Germany’s most important shipping route.
The news was bad, as it so often is these days.
One of the longest dry spells on record has left parts of the Rhine at record-low levels for months, forcing freighters to reduce their cargo or stop plying the river altogether…