“We survived Yolanda but could have died of hunger” – refugee

posted on: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Rodel Montebon
Katkat, katkats everywhere.

The wrath of super typhoon Yolanda leaves Eastern Visayas in ruins and devastated the city of Tacloban.

Around 10,000 people are feared dead, over a hundred thousand are homeless, dead bodies lined the streets, food and water are scarce.

People are hungry and thirsty.

There is looting and peace and order has degenerated.

There is no power, running water and even cellular service.

As Tacloban City and neighboring areas in Eastern Visayas becomes a dangerous place refugees are starting to arrive in Cebu on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2013 via C-130, a military transport aircraft.

C-130 Aircraft carrying relief goods from Cebu and refugees from Tacloban.

As of Nov. 14, Wednesday, the number of refugees has reached  371.

Veronica Jaca, 46, arrived in the evening of Nov. 13 on board a C-130, together with her loved ones.

Gloria Nadores, 39, a pregnant mother of three decided to fly to Cebu in a bid to survive lest they die of hunger.

Here are their traumatic tale:

Families who arrived in Cebu were assisted by the local social welfare, making sure their needs were attended.

“When they arrived here, we let them list down their names for the purpose of informing their families who are looking for them,” said Ermilita C. Degamo, head of the Lapu-Lapu City Social Welfare and Development.

They were given food and water from relief organizations, their first meal four days after the storm.


boy manages to smile despite traumatic experience

Just like Nadores and Jaca, victims of the typhoon who left the ruins caused by Yolanda all of them wants to survive and find hope.