One Filipino Man's Personal Relief Mission

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Typhoon Parma is expected make landfall this weekend in the Philippines.
Operation Blessing has already been working around the clock to respond to last week's disaster - and prepare for the one to come.

Mission Impossible

Ronald Dinio is going home.

The 24-year-old hasn't seen his family in days. He's worried that they're running out of food at their flood-drenched home, so Dinio is on a personal relief mission.

He will have to navigate a highway of water to get back to his house. The Manila suburb of Pasig has been submerged ever since Typhoon Ketsana plowed through area nearly a week ago

Signs of the typhoon's destructive power are everywhere.

Daily life has resumed, but it's nowhere near normal. People get around the city on anything that floats.

Dinio will have to take three different boats to reach his home. He's not sure what he'll find when he gets there.

Dinio was at home when the typhoon hit, but as soon as he could, he made his way into the capital city of Manila.
That's where the Operation Blessing warehouse is located, and that's where Dinio wanted to be - helping others get through the disaster.

While Dinio was in the warehouse, his mother and two brothers were wading through the water that filled their home, salvaging what they could.

However, Merlita Dinio wasn't angry that her oldest son had left them to go work at the Operation Blessing warehouse.  She was proud of him.

Dinio and her sons have been praying for the typhoon's victims, and for Ronald's safe return.

As the days passed, the family kept in touch with text messages.

A Soggy Homecoming

Finally, after three boat rides, Dinio reached his neighborhood.  He also brought along some supplies as he waded home.

Dinio took time to help clean the house, trying to bring some kind of order to his water-soaked home.  Afterward, he went back to Manila, back to the Operation Blessing warehouse.

Meanwhile, there's still a lot of work to do in the region and there's another typhoon on the way.  The country is prepared for the worst, even as it recovers from the worst flooding in four decades.

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