My abiding memory is stench of death in typhoon aftermath
This weekend marked the first anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines - the biggest ever recorded storm to make landfall in a populated area. Thanks to the generosity of Irish people, disaster-affected communities are now showing real signs of recovery and long term growth.
This was no ordinary Hurricane. It was a Category 5+. Literally, off the scale.
In the days after the Typhoon, I flew to Tacloban City to oversee UNICEF's emergency response. It is hard to convey the scenes of devastation I witnessed. Super Typhoon Haiyan destroyed up to 90pc of the hospitals, schools and homes in its path. From the air, for hundreds of miles, the devastation was near total.