CBN Asia Helps Flood Victims Despite Loss

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Officials in the Philippines are preparing evacuation plans as they track "super typhoon" Parma. The storm is headed towards the already flooded country, with winds gusting up to 130 mph.

The capital of the Philippines is struggling to recover from its worst natural disaster in 40 years -- even as another disaster looms on the horizon.

In Manila, they are comparing the devastation to Hurricane Katrina, after a typhoon left the city under water and hundreds of thousands of people homeless. View pictures of the flooding here.

Many of the people who have been affected by the typhoon work for CBN Asia.

Despite their personal tragedies, they are devoting their time and energy to helping others.

It's nearly midnight, but Gel Yap is still busy at the Operation Blessing warehouse, preparing relief supplies.

Since the typhoon hit Manila last week, this warehouse has been a swirl of activity. Hundreds of volunteers are working around-the-clock to meet a huge and urgent demand.

Gel began volunteering last weekend, just a few hours after floodwaters engulfed her home and nearly took her life -- and the life of her infant son

Manila had never seen anything like it -- a month's worth of rain fell in one day. The entire city was underwater.

Gel's husband, Gene, stepped outside their house and saw his car rapidly swallowed up by the floodwaters. He decided it was time to get his family to higher ground.

"We thought if we didn't go now, we might not be able to get out," Gene said.

Gel lifted their 2-month-old son over her head, her feet not touching the ground.

Neighbors heard their cries and pulled Gel and the baby to higher ground.

Once they were safe at a relative's house, Gene's 5-year-old son made a drawing of the danger he had just escaped.

"This is his daddy and this is mom with the tiny baby," a relative said.

Gene immediately turned his attention to helping others. He works in CBN's Corporate Communications department, so all that night, Gene sat at his parent's kitchen table, remotely updating the Web site with news of Operation Blessings' relief efforts

His wife felt compelled to go to the warehouse and volunteer.

"I think about the people ... all that matters right now," Gel said.

In another part of the warehouse, the head of Operation Blessing has been sleeping on a cot in her office. All these people share a common goal.

"It's not just giving medicine … that is very important," she said.

The lives of dozens of workers have been turned upsidedown by this disaster, but for Operation Blessing and CBN Asia, the most important thing has always been helping others.

 

 


 

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