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Typhoon survivors cheer on Pacquiao

Typhoon survivors celebrate Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao's win via a unanimous decision over American Brandon Rios in their WBO international welterweight boxing match in Macau Sunday Nov. 24, 2013 in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines. The boxing match was telecast live at a public park in the typhoon-ravaged city. Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons to make a landfall this year, battered central Philippines Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Typhoon survivors cheer on Pacquiao

Yahoo NewsNovember 24, 2013

Thousands of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan erupted into wild cheers Sunday to celebrate the victory of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, bringing back laughter and revelry briefly to a central Philippine region that was turned into a corpse-strewn wasteland by the powerful storm.

Pacquiao's triumph over American Brandon Rios in Macau served as a rallying point for many still-traumatized survivors, many of whom lost loved ones and their homes to the Nov. 8 typhoon, which killed more than 5,200 people and left 1,600 others missing. Haiyan also damaged or destroyed 1 million homes, displacing more than 3 million people.

Many jumped repeatedly in joy as they cheered on Pacquiao, who won by unanimous decision to take the WBO international welterweight title. (AP)