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The worst storm to make landfall in recorded history hit Tacloban and other Philippine cities, each of which had no more than 250,000 residents yet which had to face an emergency operations challenge daunting even for the world's largest mega-cities. Lily Song learns how Tacloban and other secondary cities can improve their ability to cope.

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On Tacloban

The local population of 240,000 goes up to 1 million during the day, and at the time the typhoon hit it was close to 800,000. Such movements of people further complicated relief distribution and required a recalibration of efforts based on the population "on the ground", which far exceeded census figures.

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