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Christmas in Tacloban: Locals count their mixed blessings

The shattered waterfront in Tacloban. The destruction wreaked by the wind and the storm surge made it a miserable Christmas for families in the area.   © Photo by Simon Roughneen

TACLOBAN, Philippines -- There wasn't much left of Trinidad Nario's waterfront home in storm-battered Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda struck on Nov 8. Nevertheless, the 81-year-old woman happily welcomed more than 20 family members -- including sons and daughters and their spouses and children -- to spend Christmas Day crammed into the patched-up remnants of her two-room house.

     "Welcome here, we are all gathered to celebrate Christmas," Nario said, laughing off the sheeting rain blowing in through broken windows.

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