When I think back to Super Typhoon Haiyan, I often think of this image. It was captured from space by American astronaut Karen Nyberg.
Haiyan was one of the world’s most powerful storms in history, and you can see its sheer strength in that snapshot from orbit.
The super typhoon generated a storm surge as high as five meters. It roared ashore and wiped entire communities away. In the end, more than 6,000 people were killed and almost 4 million people displaced.
But Haiyan's legacy is more than a death toll. It’s more than shocking pictures of the storm’s strength or the devastation it caused.
It’s about the fate of millions of already impoverished people who lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones.