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Cover Story Typhoon Haiyan: Can Philippines build back better?

Typhoon Haiyan may be a window of opportunity for the Philippines to build back better. With each natural disaster, best practices in global relief work are honed. Outsiders can help, but locals may do it better.

By Staff writer / February 9, 2014

Herman R. Lumanog/Nurphoto/AP

In the desolate aftermath of a typhoon like Haiyan, whose record winds last November killed thousands of people, shattered more than a million homes, and tore up tens of millions of trees, the idea of building back better might sound like an impossible dream, if not a bad joke.