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Filipino Fishermen Improvise Refrigerator Boats

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After losing their boats and houses in Super Typhoon Haiyan, fishermen from a destroyed village in Tanauan started building two-seated boats out of abandoned refrigerators and wood. Fisherman Jimmy Obaldo got the idea for the first boat from his children, and soon others followed his lead. These improvised vessels appear to be successfully afloat, and the fishermen are making small catches, as documented by Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj. [15 photos]

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Boys maneuver their boat, made from a broken refrigerator and bamboo, to the beach in Tanauan, in the province of Leyte, Philippines, on November 20, 2013. After losing their boats and houses in the Typhoon Haiyan, fishermen of a destroyed village in Tanauan started building two-seated boats made of abandoned refrigerators and some wood. The first boat was made by a fisherman, whose children gave him the idea as they wanted to play in it, and soon others followed. The Philippines and international armed forces and aid agencies are struggling to get help to devastated areas due to the extent of the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan, which has left more than 4,000 dead and 4 million people displaced. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)
Boys maneuver their boat, made from a broken refrigerator and bamboo, to the beach in Tanauan, in the province of Leyte, Philippines, on November 20, 2013. After losing their boats and houses in the Typhoon Haiyan, fishermen of a destroyed village in Tanauan started building two-seated boats made of abandoned refrigerators and some wood. The first boat was made by a fisherman, whose children gave him the idea as they wanted to play in it, and soon others followed. The Philippines and international armed forces and aid agencies are struggling to get help to devastated areas due to the extent of the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan, which has left more than 4,000 dead and 4 million people displaced. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)
A boat made from a broken fridge and bamboo, left by fishermen beside the sea in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A fisherman carries his catch after returning by a boat, made from a broken fridge, to his destroyed village in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A boy rests by a boat made from a broken fridge in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Members of a fishing community collect water from inside a destroyed school in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Fishermen row out in a boat, made from a broken fridge, away from their village in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Fishermen carry a boat made from an abandoned refrigerator to the beach in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A boy holds up a crab after fishermen returned with in their refrigerator boat, in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Jimmy Obaldo (2nd from right), who made the first such a boat, looks at his catch after coming back with his vessel, made of a broken fridge and bamboo, in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A small fish and a crab, inside a boat made from a broken fridge in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A net containing the day's catch is hauled out by fishermen from their refrigerator boat, in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A man burns debris collected from destroyed buildings in a village of fishermen in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
The day's catch is unloaded onto a table at a shelter for survivors after fishermen came back on their refrigerator boat, in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Children play by the side of a refrigerator boat in their destroyed village in Tanauan, on November 20, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Survivors place a makeshift flag over a sports hall destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, on November 20, 2013. The Philippines is facing an enormous rebuilding task from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least 3,974 people and left 1,186 missing, with many isolated communities yet to receive significant aid despite a massive international relief effort. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #

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