When the water level rose rapidly, Lea had one thing in mind – besides her 10 day old baby.
“I wrapped my baby in Malong and went to the evacuation center. The water rose very quickly. I had to go through a knee-deep flood to get to safety, ”she said. While she was already safe, the next hours of November 12th were torture as she was concerned about the situation of her other family members, including her husband, who were already imprisoned in her home. They were bothered by reports of houses being submerged. Her baby, who had no sleeping mat but had thrown boxes, worried her. Fortunately, rescuers arrived for the rest of her family a few hours later.
In the next room of the evacuation center is 12 year old John Carlon. He and his family had to wait four hours before being rescued.
“The tide kept coming for us. We were on the second floor of our house, but the water was still reaching us. We had no choice but to move onto the roof. From 3 in the morning to 7 in the morning we just hoped for help, ”he recalls.
The families of John Carlon and Lea are now seeking refuge in an evacuation center in Rizal Province. There are more than 1,000 families who, like them, experienced the wrath of Typhoon Ulysses.
The November 13 report of the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management shows that over 44,000 families or more than 170,000 people in Regions II, CALABARZON, MMROPA, V, NCR and CAR were affected. At least 12 have been reported dead and 14 are still missing.
World Vision has expanded its ongoing response to typhoon roll hit communities in the Bicol region and will also take care of the families affected by Ulysses, particularly in Rizal. Hygiene kits with toothbrushes, toothpaste, Malong, bath and laundry soaps as well as other important emergency items such as mosquito nets, plastic mats and fleece blankets are distributed.