Typhoon Haiyan spares Danjugan Island

 
Danjugan Island, sea and sandy beach, with forest.

Despite the devastation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan, the marine reserve of Danjugan Island has been left unscathed.

Typhoon Haiyan barrelled into the eastern coastal provinces of Philippine islands Leyte and Samar at the beginning of November. Travelling through the central Philippines, the typhoon caused serious havoc to several islands including Cebu and Leyte.

Danjugan Island, a nature reserve island saved from unsympathetic development by World Land Trust (WLT) supporters in 2000, was close to the path of the typhoon but, incredibly, survived unharmed.

Gerry Ledesma, Project Director of WLT’s partner Philippine Reef & Rainforest Conservation Foundation, told WLT: “While the typhoon was unimaginably devastating, central Negros had minimal damage and the south, where Danjugan is, was unscathed. We feel very lucky.”

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Map showing the proximity of Danjugan Island to Tacloban and Cebu, which were badly affected by Typhoon Haiwan »

 

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