Super Typhoon Rai battered the central and southern Philippines on Thursday, killing at least 375 people. It left a trail of destruction affecting at least 490,000, including many who lost their homes and livelihood. Fifty-six people are reported as missing.
Rai made its first landfall on the popular tourist destination island of Siargao in the southern Philippines, bringing heavy rain and a massive storm surge.
Crisly Laplana, a local resident, shared how she and her children were frightened of the very strong winds and the big waves that smashed their home along with other houses in their coastal village.
“My three-year-old daughter was crying the whole night. It was very scary. We thought we would not make it,” she told CBN News. “I am thankful that we survived. But we don’t have food.”
“The disaster food is spoiled because everything got wet when the roof of the evacuation center was blown away. Please help us. Please give us food,” Laplana pleaded with the government.
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