Scene of the disaster: On July 6, smoke rose from the tank cars that derailed in Lac Megantic, Quebec. The explosions and fires killed 47 people. Paul Chiasson/AP hide caption

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Monday, as a train on an unaffected track passed by (in the background) work continued on removing the commuter cars that derailed the day before. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Some people marched in the rain Tuesday in the Philippine city of Tacloban, which was crushed by Typhoon Haiyan. David Guttenfelder/AP hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn, in the Philippines, talks with Steve Inskeep

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In Tacloban, the Philippines, graffiti on the side of a grounded ship sends a message out to the world. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': 'Midwest Tornadoes Send Residents Scrambling'

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An elderly woman and others leave after getting some help from Red Cross volunteers Monday in Dagami, the Philippines, about 20 miles south of the city of Tacloban. Millions of people need assistance because their homes were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8. Odd Andersen /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': WCBU's Denise Molina reports on the storms that hit Illinois

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A boy stands amid ruins in Tacloban, the Philippines. The city of 220,000 was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Jason Beaubien reports from Tacloban, the Philippines

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On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Tacloban, the Philippines

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In anguish: Tears ran down the cheeks of a man as he waited with other survivors Tuesday for a flight out of Tacloban in the Philippines, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images hide caption

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Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy

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