Philippines Comb Wreckage for Typhoon Survivors

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The death toll from Typhoon Bopha that savaged the Philippines earlier this month has climbed to more than 900 and more than 400,000 people have lost their homes.

Now, injury and disease are threatening to take more lives. CBN Disaster relief is on the scene giving medical aid to keep that from happening.

In the southern island of Mindanao, the powerful typhoon wiped out whole villages, killing hundreds in mudslides and flashfloods.

Seventy more dead bodies were brought to a funeral parlor, about an hour drive from where these people were found.

The lack of funeral parlors, morgues, and body bags is now a problem the government is facing as the death toll continues to rise.
 
It was a case of unbelief for most of the victims because residents in these hard hit areas say they never had storms before in this part of Mindanao.

Charlita Tubiera is one of the thousands who lost her home to the typhoon.

"I lived here for 50 years and the storms never passed our town," she said. "Nothing is left with our belongings. Everything is gone. Our house was flattened by the very strong winds.

Tubiera and her neighbors are taking shelter in a nearby school. Because of the lack of evacuation centers, many victims are also staying in makeshift tents along the highways.

CBN Disaster Relief has dispatched its staff and volunteers to help the storm survivors. Disaster relief efforts are now being conducted in the worst-affected areas, especially those where people have not been given aid.

One thing that is unique with the disaster relief efforts of CBN is that church partners gather the people and debrief them, share with them the word of God, and comfort them in prayer.

"God is teaching us a very big lesson. We have forgotten Him. This is a reminder that we should always pray to Him," storm survivor Cynthia Cacho said.

Villagers were very happy to receive mats and blankets from CBN.

"Thank you very much CBN," Tubiera said. "This is the very first time that a group gave us help. I lost everything. That's why these things you gave us are very precious to me."

Government authorities said some 1 million families have been affected by Bopha.

As a response to the enormous need, CBN will continue to conduct several disaster relief efforts, medical assistance, and feeding programs to the victims in the next weeks.

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