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Title Dateline: Return to Tacloban/The Underworld/Miracle City?
Published Australia : SBS ONE, 2014
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Summary RETURN TO TACLOBANWhen SBS reporter Kathy Novak was sent to cover the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last November, it was an assignment that affected her deeply. Much of her family lives in Tacloban, which was one of the areas worst affected by the disaster. A relative was among the more than 6,000 who died in one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. Others were lucky to survive as their homes were deluged with water. On Tuesday's Dateline, Kathy returns to be reunited with her family and see how they're coping with the aftermath of a catastrophe few of us could imagine dealing with. She finds rebuilding progress is slow... huge ships that were washed onto land by the power of a five metre wall of water still lie abandoned, surrounded by new makeshift homes. Millions were displaced, thousands are still living in tents, and some, like Kathy's cousin, have moved away completely. But what concerns Kathy most is that rebuilding in the same place means that history could repeat itself at any time. She asks if Tacloban will be ready for the next typhoon.THE UNDERWORLDAbove ground, Bucharest's capital Romania is a bustling city, at the heart of the newest member country of the European Union. But Tuesday's Dateline reveals a disturbing underworld beneath its streets, where scores of homeless drug addicts live in crowded old central heating tunnels. These desperate people are the legacy of Ceausescu's old Communist orphanages - some now have children of their own - all living in what reporter Paraic O'Brien describes as 'hell'. His guide for the surreal tunnel tour is 'Bruce Lee', a former street fighter and now drug dealer, who's leader of this group of people who have no one else to turn to. Almost all of them are HIV Positive and a quarter of them have TB, but even social workers say they're better off here than living on the streets above.MIRACLE CITY?All eyes in Australia will be on the city of Curitiba in Brazil later this month, as the Socceroos face Spain in their final group match in the World Cup. But this is a city that's used to the international spotlight, thanks to the pioneering work of Jaime Lerner. As mayor in the 1970s, and now an architect and town planner, his vision of a city designed around its people instead of cars was way ahead of its time. On Tuesday's Dateline, Giovana Vitola uses his rapid bus system - since copied around the world - to tour the pioneering architecture, vast open spaces and sustainable way of life that he helped create. His innovations include recycling systems, employing the poor and even sheep to keep the grass down in the well-designed parks. But Giovana also asks if cracks are now appearing in his grand vision for 'The People's City'. As it's grown to a population of nearly two million to become Brazil's eighth largest, some say it's failed to keep up with the changing times and demands of its residents
Event Broadcast 2014-06-17 at 21:30:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Buildings -- Natural disaster effects.
City planning -- Environmental aspects.
Drug abuse -- Social aspects.
HIV-positive persons -- Health and hygiene.
Typhoons.
Bus rapid transit.
Romania -- Bucharest.
Brazil -- Curitiba.
Philippines -- Tacloban.
Form Streaming video
Author Rao, Anjali, host
Akkad, Mohmmed Wahid, reporter
Bowen, Jeremy, reporter
Novak, Kathy, reporter
O'Brien, Paraic, reporter
Vitola, Giovana, reporter
Janbart, Yūḥannā, contributor
Lerner, Jaime, contributor