Six months ago, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, hit the Philippines. More than 6,200 people were killed and over 1,000 are still missing.

The islands, which had recently been battered by a major earthquake, were devastated by winds of up to 315 km/h (195 mph) and waves of up to six metres (19 feet) high.

These images show the unprecedented force of the storm and the scale of the destruction and loss of lives it caused.

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November 8, 2013: Residents run for shelter as category-5 super typhoon Haiyan hits Cebu city, Philippines, downing trees and power lines and destroying houses
November 9, 2013: Residents carry the body of a loved one who was killed when Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city
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November 10, 2013: A boy who was wounded by flying debris surveys the ruins of his family's house in Tacloban
November 11, 2013: Residents pick up pieces of wood inbetween two cargo ships that were washed ashore when super typhoon Haiyan hit Anibong town, Tacloban
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November 12, 2013: Survivors search through bags containing bodies of typhoon victims in Tacloban after it was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan
November 12, 2013: An elderly woman and an injured man are carried to a waiting C130 aircraft during the evacuation of hundreds of survivors of typhoon Haiyan from Tacloban
November 12, 2013: A man cries on a packed C130 aircraft as he and hundreds of other survivors of super typhoon Haiyan are evacuated from Tacloban
November 12, 2013: One of the statues commemorating the landing of US General Douglas MacArthur and his Allied forces lies face down in the water after being toppled by super typhoon Haiyan in Palo, Leyte province
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November 13, 2013: Bodies are left for collection by the fire department at a bus stop in Tacloban City
November 14, 2013: An aerial view of a demolished coastal town on Eastern Samar Island in Leyte
November 15, 2013: A woman and her newborn baby lie on the floor in Tacloban Hospital in Leyte
November 15, 2013: A rainbow appears above Typhoon Haiyan survivors desperate to catch a flight from Tacloban airport
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November 15, 2013: A girl stands on the balcony of her typhoon-destroyed house in Leyte
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November 16, 2013: Rescue workers carry bodies into a mass grave on the outskirts of Tacloban
November 16, 2013: A man walks through smoke from fires in a part of Tolosa devastated by Typhoon Haiyan
November 17, 2013: A man sifts through debris in what was a river running through central Tacloban
November 18, 2013: Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan try to get aid and relief items distributed from a truck near their shelter in Tacloban
November 18, 2013: A family gathers around a grave of a relative that was killed when Typhoon Haiyan struck their home in Leyte
November 18, 2013: Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte
November 19, 2013: A man fans the flames of a fire in Tanauan, Leyte
November 20, 2013: A destroyed house stands in the midst of fallen trees near Guiuan, Eastern Samar
November 21, 2013: Children play inside the bathroom of a house toppled by Super Typhoon Haiyan
November 21, 2013: Residents look at a ship that was swept ashore by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city
November 23, 2013: A smashed Jeepney (a Jeep used for public transport) is reflected in the water in Tacloban
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December 17, 2013 A typhoon survivor decorates a Christmas tree amid the rubble of destroyed houses in Tacloban city