This Rainbow Appeared Over Typhoon-Hit Tacloban

The devastated city needs all the symbols of hope it can get

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Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Justin Peach prepares to drop supplies from an MH-60S helicopter at Tacloban Air Base, Philippines, as part of relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in this November 14, 2013 handout photograph

A week after Supertyphoon Haiyan made landfall and unleashed hell across the central Philippines, relief efforts that initially struggled to get off the ground seem to be securing a footing in the country’s disaster zones.

The arrival of U.S.S. George Washington earlier this week should also help streamline ongoing relief missions that have been under way for the past five days.

According to a BBC report, the aircraft carrier “is expected to triple the number of available helicopters, which can also deliver hundreds of thousands of gallons of water every day” to residents in need.

While it will likely take years for areas affected by Haiyan to recover, the appearance of a rainbow over the city of Tacloban provided an ephemeral reminder that life will get better.