Humanitarian Aid

Typhoon Bopha wreaked devastation in Mindanao. Photo: AFP

Sluggish relief a blow to typhoon-hit Philippines

Two months ago, Typhoon Bopha struck Mindanao in the southern Philippines. It's hard to explain the devastation that such a storm can wreak but, when I arrived there as an aid co-ordinator, I was met by scenes of devastation: palm trees splintered like giant toothpicks; mud, trees and debris from broken homes scattered everywhere.