Philippine typhoon survivors ask for help – Channels Television

A resident stands inside his destroyed house next to muddy clothes in the town of Loboc, Bohol province on December 21, 2021, days after Super Typhoon Rai devastated the province. Cheryl BALDICANTOS / AFP

Concepcion Tumanda digs through the mud-covered wreckage of his home on an island in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Rai that claimed hundreds of lives across the country and survivors begging for food and water.

Rai crashed into the popular tourist destination of Bohol last Thursday, pouring down torrential rains, ripping roofs off, uprooting trees and crushing fishing boats.

“The house was destroyed, everything was shattered,” Tumanda told AFP, weeping as she stood in the ruins of her home in the riverside town of Loboc.

“We have nothing left.

Bohol – known for its dive sites, rolling ‘chocolate hills’ and tiny Tarsier primates – was one of the hardest-hit islands after Rai flooded villages and sent locals scurrying to their rooftops.

At least 98 people have lost their lives, Governor Arthur Yap said on Facebook. 16 others were still missing.

Yap pleaded with President Rodrigo Duterte to send funds to buy food and water for desperate residents after electricity and communications were cut across the island.

“We need food, especially rice, and water,” said Giselle Toledo, whose home was washed away by the floodwaters.

“We couldn’t save anything. We don’t know where to start our life again.

Rai also caused widespread destruction on Siargao, Dinagat and Mindanao Islands, which suffered most of the storm, with winds of 195 kilometers (120 miles) per hour.

Duterte declared a state of calamity in the typhoon-affected areas, where at least 375 people were killed, freeing up funds for relief efforts and giving local authorities the power to control prices.

The military has deployed ships, boats, planes and trucks to deliver food, drinking water and medical supplies to survivors.

The Red Cross is also distributing aid, and a growing list of foreign governments have pledged millions of dollars in financial aid.

But local authorities and residents are complaining that it is not happening fast enough.

“Please speed up the rescue, this is our only hope because we have nothing else,” said an employee of a restaurant floating on the Loboc River which was destroyed in the storm.

“Water is our main problem”

Queues of people waiting to fill empty water cans have formed along Bohol’s roads, as large crowds of bikers line up at gas pumps.

“Water is our main problem,” said Jocelyn Escuerdo, who lives with his family in an evacuation center after they became homeless.

“The containers provided by relief agencies are not very big, only five liters, so we run out of water all the time,” she said, adding that they have “just enough” food for one. daytime.

While many people fled their homes before the storm hit, some remained behind to tend to precious livestock like chickens and pigs, as well as to protect their properties.

Some of them were isolated by the floods and suffered from hunger for three days, village chief Pedro Acuna said – until he paddled a boat to deliver food to them.

Almost a week after the typhoon hit, residents are still trying to recover furniture and other belongings from their destroyed homes.

Elderly resident Telesfora Toledo said she didn’t know how to start over, with “so much that needs to be fixed.”

“It was so painful to look at what was left of the house,” Tumanda said, digging up plates and other kitchen utensils that survived the assault.

“We’ll try to fix it… if people give us wood and roofing sheets. “

Karl M. Bailey