When Haiyan Struck

Manila-based writer Jessica Zafra in The New Yorker:

“Immediately the Internet memes began to sprout: we had been hit by Miley Cyrus’s wrecking ball; Haiyan had come for the woman at the center of the Philippine Senate’s ongoing investigation into the so-called “pork barrel” scam; Atom Araullo, the intrepid television reporter broadcasting from Tacloban at the height of the storm, was Thor himself. Our laughter was laced with anxiety: everyone knew someone in the middle of the horror.”