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The stadium was one of just a handful of structures in Tacloban to withstand the storm

It is now being used as a refugee center where thousands have taken shelter

Scroll the slider above to see the Tacloban stadium before and after the storm

CNN  — 

One of the worst-hit cities in the Philippines, Tacloban, has been completely devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The capital city of Leyte province, nearly 400 miles south-east of Manila, was one of the first places hit by the storm.

Around 200,000 people were made homeless in a matter of hours as a wall of ocean water flattened their homes.

Tacloban City Stadium was one of just a handful of structures in the area to withstand the storm, despite its coastal location.

It is now being used as a refugee center where thousands of people have taken shelter.

Scroll the slider above to see the stadium before and after the storm.

CNN’s Ivan Watson toured the typhoon-devastated Tacloban region by air, read his personal account of the destruction he saw.