Relief Finally Reaching Remote Philippines Villages

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While aid continues to reach more typhoon stricken areas in the Philippines, people are still going hungry. The situation in the rural areas is particularly severe as damaged roads, toppled power lines and debris make it challenging to deliver critical supplies.
For two weeks, typhoon survivors Teresa and her daughter have had to make a walk that is a painful reminder of Haiyan's wrath.
"The winds were so strong I quickly took my daughter and we got under this bed," Teresa said. "But suddenly the roof went flying."
Her home was no match against the strongest storm to ever hit land anywhere in the world.

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"We have lost everything, and I don't know what we will do now," Teresa said.
This week a glimmer of hope arrived in her village for the first time. A partially-shredded tent went up and hundreds of families, including Teresa, joined a line to receive help from CBN Disaster Relief.
Myla, with CBN Disaster Relief, noticed how the houses are totally devastated and the survivors are struggling.

"They don't have enough food to eat," she said.
Volunteers handed out food, water and other supplies.

"This is a lot," Teresa said after receiving her portion. "We have enough to last us for sometime."
While media attention has focused on the destruction in the provincial capital of Tacloban, the situation in remote places like Alguerra is particularly dire as supplies and relief workers have been slowest to arrive.
Rodalio Cordenera, the village mayor thanked the CBN team.

"You are the first ones here. I know how difficult it is to get to our remote village, so thank you for coming," he said.

It's a sentiment expressed by many who thought no one else cared about their plight up in the mountains.

In the remote parts of the devastated areas, the majority of the folks are coconut farmers. Now, their livelihood has been destroyed.
Teresa lives in a region that's a major coconut-growing province. Her husband's livelihood and that of tens of thousands of others is gone.
"This is what I worry about: how are we going to survive in the future?" Teresa said.
Groves can be replanted, but it takes time.
"Coconut trees take between 5 and 10 years to grow and bear fruit so it will take years before they can fully recover," Francisco Sokue, with CBN Disaster Relief, explained.
Helping millions like Teresa who have lost their homes and livelihoods will be a monumental task. For the villagers, critical aid will prepare them for the long road ahead.

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