"We have nowhere to go except the sea"- Philippine survivor
Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 01:38
Dec. 7 - Nearly one month after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into coastal towns in central Philippines, fishermen and coconut farmers try to rebuild their livelihoods. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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A landscape of despair and loss in the Philippines.
Little has been left behind nearly a month after a powerful typhoon slammed into the country.
In heavy hit provinces people are making do with what they can. A fisherman tries to craft a boat out of what was left behind.
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) FISHERMAN CESAR VERSOZA SAYING:
"That's our only livelihood. Even if we try going to the fields, we do not have any land to till and we don't know anything about farming. What we do know is the sea. We have nowhere to go except the sea.
For others, farming coconut was the main source of income. But the typhoon stripped trees of their fruit. People gather what they can as they hope to return to a life they once knew.
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) LA PAZ VILLAGE CHAIRMAN AND FARMER NOEL LUAYON SAYING:
"I hope the President is listening and helps us get back on our feet. We need facilities and equipment that we can use to cultivate our land, to supplement our livelihood."
With at least half a million people out of work, the International Labor Organization is giving temporary work to at least 17,000 people who are helping clear the debris.
Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines November 8th. It killed about 5,500 people leaving scores of survivors homeless and jobless -- still picking up the pieces.
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