Typhoon Haiyan: Frustrated families bring aid to Philippine typhoon survivors

Typhoon Haiyan: Frustrated families bring aid to Philippine typhoon survivors

ORMOC, Philippines - As thousands queue to leave the devastation wreaked by the huge Philippines typhoon, a stream of passengers carrying food, medicine and water comes the other way, desperate to help family stuck in the medieval horror of the disaster zone.

Some have travelled half way around the world to rescue parents or siblings, while others scraped together all they could from poorly-paid jobs in Manila, begging and borrowing from friends.

"That's my village," sobbed Nick Cantuja, pointing to the shoreline as her ferry docked in the smashed city of Ormoc. "Our house is gone now. Everything... it's gone," she told AFP.

Cantuja, who works as a driver for a family in Manila, was coming back to Ormoc with as much as she could carry to help relatives left destitute when one of the most powerful storms ever recorded barrelled through the central Philippines on November 8.

"There is little relief reaching my village," she said. "My family, my cousins, my neighbours - they are all experiencing hunger and thirst.

"Yesterday, a Red Cross team was able to reach there but it's not enough," she added.

Cantuja, 37, borrowed money from friends in Manila to fill two big boxes with rice, noodles, sardines, coffee, candles, flashlights and anything else she could gather to tide over her four brothers and sisters and their families.

She also brought large sheets of canvas for a makeshift tent that would protect them from the elements in a part of the country where the downpours can be fierce.

 

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