Remote Philippines Villages: 'We Need Food!'

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LOURDES, Philippines -- Almost two weeks after a deadly typhoon slammed into the Philippines, remote villages devastated by the storm are getting aid for the first time.

CBN Disaster Relief teams have to literally chop their way into the interior villages.

Francisco Sokue, with CBN Disaster Relief, and his team of volunteers set out to bring emergency supplies to villagers in Lourdes, a two-hour drive from Tacloban.

But they had a few challenges getting there.

"As you can see it is not easy traveling to these far-flung areas," Sokue said. "The roads are bad, there's debris along the way, fallen trees and toppled power lines."

There is an air of desperation and roads are blocked. The team had to cut a huge log out of a major road to get into deep interior parts of the village. It was the only way to bring the first relief supplies into the community.

Finally the supply truck made it through. It is the ongoing challenge to slowly bring these devastated areas back to life.

Within minutes of arriving at the distribution sight, survivors came from all corners of the village. Men, women, children, the young and old were grateful to see help finally arrive.

"Every time people see outsiders or even foreigners coming into the village it gives them hope. Any assistance is a big help for them," Sokue said.

Before handing out the aid, Sokue took a moment to speak a blessing over the village.

"I tell them that nothing is impossible with God. Whatever the circumstances, whatever the challenges or trauma God will be always be there for you," he said.

Each person received rice, noodles, baby formula, tuna, bread, and water.

"This is the first time anybody has come to our village with aid," one female resident shared.

Signs in the area read: "Help, hunger strikes!" and "We need food!"

"We are so happy that you came to our village today to bring us these goods. It will go a long way to helping us recover," one woman said.

The picture is still one of utter devastation. Mile after mile along the inland roads, every home bears the scars of typhoon Haiyan's ferocious winds. 

But for some 300 families who were helped in Lourdes, today was one small step for their community and a country facing the daunting task of rebuilding homes and shattered lives.

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George Thomas

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