Thousands of Filipinos displaced by the typhoon arrive in Cebu island
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 01:51
Nov. 15 - Thousands of survivors leave devastated Leyte island, moving to Cebu one week after a super typhoon ravaged the central Philippines. Sarah Toms reports
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Carrying few possessions and clutching bottles of coveted water they grimly walked across the tarmac of Cebu airfield.
These people are the lucky ones.
They have managed to escape the typhoon ravaged city of Tacloban in the central Philippines.
Now they must rebuild their lives from scratch, sleeping out of doors at this transit centre.
Hungry and with little more than the clothes on their backs, many survivors must rely on donations from aid groups.
This man had hoped to be reunited with his wife, daughter and mother-in-law -- instead he discovered their bodies. He still has two other children missing.
(SOUNDBITE) (Tagalog) 23-YEAR-OLD TYPHOON SURVIVOR, WALTER ALVAREZ, SAYING:
"When I got home from work at around 4:30 in the morning, the rain and wind were mild but getting stronger. I then transferred my family to my in-law's house so they could vacate the area. I went back to our house to clear our stuff but the wind suddenly got stronger. Coconut trees were snapping and iron sheets were flying. I ran back to my in-law's house to look for them but did not find them, I thought they managed to evacuate."
Other survivors are just glad to be alive.
(SOUNDBITE) (Tagalog) 33-YEAR-OLD TYPHOON SURVIVOR, JANE ILAGAN, SAYING:
"The night when typhoon Yolanda struck, a sleeping mat saved us. When our house was demolished by the typhoon, we ran towards the village hall. The sleeping mat protected us from jalousie windows flying towards us."
The death toll from the powerful typhoon has doubled overnight in Tacloban alone, reaching 4,000.
The UN says that more than 920,000 people have been displaced.
Survivors are growing increasingly desperate over the slow pace of aid distribution.
International aid is beginning to come into Manila but relief operations have been hampered because bridges and roads were destroyed by surging waves and winds.
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